SAUNDARYA LAHARI – BY ACHARYA AGYAATADARSHAN (VERSE-2)

With permission of our beloved master, Acharya Agyaatadarshan Anand Nath we are placing the excerpts of the discourse that he delivered on the topic of Saundarya Lahari Sadhana for the benefit of the seekers on the path of Shiva-Shakti sadhana. Read on..

Shivoham!

….Having done Guruvandana lets focus on our next shloka. Today’s shloka of Saundarya Lahari is the second shloka of the text, establishing the supremacy of Shakti that rules over the cosmic play. Lets chant and be immersed in Her gracefield.

तनीयांसं पांसुं तव चरण पङ्केरुहभवं
विरिञ्चिः संचिन्वन् विरचयति लोकानविकलम्।
वहत्येनं शौरिः कथमपि सहस्रेण शिरसां
हरः संक्षुद्यैनं भजति भसितोद्धूलनविधिम्॥

tanīyāṁsaṁ pāṁsuṁ tava caraṇa paṅkeruhabhavaṃ
viriñciḥ saṁcinvan viracayati lokānavikalam|
vahatyeanaṁ śauriḥ kathamapi sahasreṇa śirasāṁ
haraḥ saṁkṣudyainaṁ bhajati bhasitoddhūlanavidhim||

The meaning of the verse is as below –

The universe is created by Brahma (Viranchi) with the tiny and minute dust particles collected from Thy feet. And then this created universe is held and sustained arduously by Vishnu (Shaurih) on his thousand headed hood and Shiva (Harah), once he reduces this creation to ashes besmears that ash on his body with so much love and reverence.

The constituent elements of this cosmos are nothing more than few dust particles from Devi’s feet! Why feet? Because Brahma the creator approaches the Supreme Creator (Devi herself) upon her command but only in complete submission. Also feet have been associated with the special reverence for God and Guru. In Vidya Tradition Guru Lineages a disciple doesn’t worship the Guru directly but Gurupaduka (Gurus’ feet). Even Devi embodied in Bindu of SriChakra is approached that way. The feet of a sthiti-prajna, enlightened person are the point of refuge for the learners, disciples and grace-seekers.

DEVI – THE CREATOR OR CREATORS!

….Only few minute particles from Devi’s feet have such an enormous capacity embedded in them that these can multiply and occupy this whole space as planets, stars and ever expanding galaxies. These dust particles are representative of the entire band of sublime energies that make up and run this grand galactic play at a macro level. These dust particles not only create the external world but may also be the metaphorical representation of the individualized souls. The game of creation doesn’t end here, not only this level of manifestation where we are… ; Brahma (the agency of creation deputed by Mother) in fact creates 14 levels of Existence – 7 Below us and 6 Above!

Everything visible, invisible, yet to become visible in future; perceivable or not, imaginable or beyond can be created out of few dust particles from Her feet. Seems like hyperbole but not at all so. As a human (a contracted Shiva-Shakti incarnation) we have infinite possibilities. Right? Then what could be the possibilities and powers of the unbound infinite consciousness (Shiva-in-Shakti)?? Beyond description and beyond imagination..

These discrete energies such as Fire, Earth, Water, Indra, Yama, vayu are continuously engaged in their respective duties and that is what makes them respectworthy. They are worshipped as Gods and Goddesses but they are just the fearful servants of the Mother. Being the incharge of their limited territories (such as Varuna over water, Agni over Fire etc.) having limited powers, these energies continue to discharge their duties once assigned, even in the absence of any further commands from Devi just out of fear of Her; for they know that the wrath of Devi is the cause of ultimate destruction (mahapralaya) of this prakriti. And how does Devi preside over the activities in such infinitely expanded? Because She is omnipresent! In Kathopanishad the same sentiments have been expressed referring that cosmic Shakti as Brahman. Shakti indeed is Brahman of Shaivite philosophy! The cause of existence of such demi-gods, elements and energies is in the Mother’s happiness. And what do you think as cause of OUR existence?? (smiles)

DEVI – CAUSE OF TRINITY YET BEYOND!

….Further,  Brahma, Vishnu and Rudra (or Mahakali, Mahalaxmi and Maha Saraswati) are not be taken as any separate gods or Goddesses but as the manifestation of Devi as Trinity responsible for different phases of universe.. these symbolizing the triadic cycle of evolution, sustenance and dissolution. Mother is present in as the ruler of all the triads  and even beyond – Ichhaa, Gyana and Kriya, Para, Parapara and Apara, Jagrit, Swapna and Sushupti, Prarabdha, Kriyamana and Sanchit, past, present and future, Sat, Raja and Tama, the three letters of Omkara (ॐ) aa, u and m.. Shakti triad for scientists would probably be gravitational, magnetic and electrical fields and forces. I personally feel scientists would someday discover a new type of energy to complete the triad of Potential Energy, Kinetic Energy and… I see it as a possibility for a reason..science itself says we humans are still using only miniscule portions of our own mental capacities.

All the triads emerge from Devi – The Aadi Shakti.  Out of her compassion, from time to time Ma Bhagwati, that independent energy principle manifests herself in various forms out of her own free-will that guide, reshape, and protect her own creation.

SHE IS IN YANTRA, MANTRA, IDOL & EVERYWHERE ELSE

….Shakti is particularly felt in some places, beings, objects and people. Temples, places of worship, Shakti-Peethas, Pyramids, Yantras, Mantras, Revolutionary and transformational ideas, Geysers, Fountains, Sun, Moon, Ocean, Great Scientists, painters, Poets, Musicians, Inventors, Yogis, Gurus, Healers, people with superhuman capacities… all such points of her intense presence are revered, praised by the gyaanis and sadhakas and also the materialists, scientists and rationalists etc. for Her intense presence not only transforms the situations, elevates the consciousness but also creates an unmatched sense of awe that isn’t felt anywhere else. But that doesn’t mean other places in the universe are devoid of her presence or she is less present in the places where we aren’t able to experience her manifestations. In fact science tells us that the entire universe is filled with matter (gross) or with energy(subtle) vibrations that can be felt distinctly.

Here, we live on this small this planet earth and there we see moon, planets, stars, sun and galaxies.. these objects we experience so vividly but what about the huge space in between? Is is really void? What we call as void, now scientists tell us that it is filled myriad of mysterious things; some known such as gravitational or electromagnetic fields and other like dark matter, black holes… Scientists feel their helplessness in saying that they have no idea of where on any point of this empty space a big bang or collapse of this grand celestial structure can start.. So much Power and infinite possibilities in this empty looking space!! Therefore never mistake this perceived emptiness as nothingness – Shakti is probably sleeping there and thus She has much more deeper and mysterious presence in that void. Now can you imagine of a place which is not ruled by Shakti?

DEVI AND BRAHMAN OF VEDA’S ARE THE SAME

….Shaivites and Shakta literature has a treatise by the name of ‘Spanda Karika’ and it beautifully explains how the Shakti starts from a Bindu (Srishti), keeps expanding while giving an illusion of stability (Sthiti) and finally reaches a state that leads to the total collapse (samhara) known as annihilation.  In fact Shakti is never in ‘sthiti’ or non-expansive process. Only that the expansion of the universe shall stop at some point of time and then inward movement shall begin – the contraction to its original state of Bindu, a point. A point that scientists propose as a condensed (time/space) matrix where so called Big Bang happens – Shakti rules and oversees the process of involution as well as Maha-Pralaya-Saakshini.

You come here and greet each other saying ‘Shivoham!’ that means I am Shiva. If you are Shiva then what is your mind, intellect, this body, world and cosmos? This is the Shakti of Shiva. This world is creation of and is reflected in your consciousness – the Shiva. But why should we worship or have reverence for this Shakti? Will praising this Shakti shall anyway reward the Shiva in you? Well.. unless you start seeing this scenic, engaging, seemingly real experience as play of Shakti you can not become aware of what you are at the core. By identifying with Shakti – the power of consciousness, the Mother as the creator of this illusion or ‘Dream of Reality’ you not only gain access to the creative, dynamic and mobilizing aspect of Shakti but also recognize its unmoving core. Shakti means movement but movement of what and with respect to what? Shakti is the movement of consciousness and it moves with respect to itself, the consciousness only. That reference is also Shakti. Your consciousness – The Shiva, The Brahman of Ishopanishad :

Tadaijati Tannaijati Tad-doore tadwantike
Tadantarsya Sarvasya tadu sarvasya baahyatah||5||

That moves (Shakti), that moves not (Shiva). That is far and the same is near. That is within all this and That also is outside all this.

MANTRA, BEEJA & YANTRA CODED IN THIS SHLOKA

….Using tantric etymology we can actually derive ‘Kamakala mantra’ from the first word ‘Taniyaamsum’ of this shloka. The mandala or yantra for this shloka is a Shakti Triangle. In fact in Brahmi lipi letter ई was written as a triangle only. The more detailed description of this kamakala mantra shall find mention in shloka number 19 of Saundarya Lahari that starts with ‘Mukham Bindum Kritvaa..’

(Draws The Yantra of this shloka)

This Yantra is to be drawn on Gold plate. The beeja mantra that is written in the core is devi pranava but this is not the only beeja that can be used here. Your teacher can give you another suitable beeja mantra to be inscribed here. Worship and chanting of associated beeja Mantra or Shloka is done facing Ishana (North-East) direction. For gaining material affluence and access to secret vidyas the Shloka is to be chanted 1000 times everyday for 15 consecutive day.

If one wishes to acquire the wisdom of all the Vedas then as directed by Guru one has to chant 2000 shlokas everyday for 54 consecutive days. The Naivedyam is always critical in sakaama sadhana. For this verse the naivedyam is Urad Daal ke aate ke meethe Pue (Sweet Puris made of flour of black lentils).

In Tantric system Mother’s four charan (stages/variations) are remembered that are – Shukla (white), Rakta (Blood red), Mishra (Mixed or multi) and Nirvaan (Beyond all colours). Shukla represents Sattva, Rakta – Rajas, Mishra – Tamas and Nirvaan is transcendental form or swaroopa. The Shukla & Rakta charan are located in two petals of Agnyaa (third eye) chakra. Mishra charan is worshipped in Anahat (heart) chakra and Nirvana charan is located in Sahasraar (crown) chakra.

The deities to be meditated in respective chakras are : Agnyaa Chakra – Brahma and Vishnu, Anahata – Rudra and Sahasrara – SadaSHiva. So it must be understood that every Kaamya Prayoga can be aimed at any of the above charans of Devi and you therefore must consult your Guru/Teacher before attempting any kaamya prayogas.

DEVI PERMEATES ALL PLANES OF EXISTENCE 

Question asked by a disciple – Do multiple Lokas really exist?

Yes! Do you think it is just a story or imagination? If you thought it is just a belief then in fact every religion has it. How did that happen that Seers of every religion experienced and described multiple levels of simultaneous existence in this cosmic fabric? Our scriptures describe 14 lokas in all as 1.Satyaloka, 2.Tapoloka, 3.Janahloka, 4.Maharloka, 5.Suvahloka, 6.Bhuvarloka  7.Bhuloka, 8.Atala, 9.Vitala, 10.Sutal, 11. Talaatala, 12.Mahaatala, 13.Rasatala and 14.Paataala. Islam, at least Shias also say there are 7 heavens..  1.Rafi’, 2.Qaydum, 3.Marum, 4.Arfalun, 5.Hay’oun, 6.Arous and 7.Ajma’. Jainism also has a similar concept of Multiple Heavens and 7 Narakas called Prabha.. from Ratna prabha to Dhuma Prabha and then finally to Mahaatama Prabha. Judaism (the forefathers of christianity and Islam) has 7 heavens too. Even scientists like Isaac Newton have hypothesized the concept of Multiverse. In his work Opticks he openly endorses the possibility of simultaneous existence of universes within the universe. It is like dreams within a dream. But what Goddess’s dreams becomes real so they are real Lokas. Now you don’t have to come up with the argument of ‘How dreams of Goddess become real?’ Whatever real things in your life you have created have been in the form of an idea, a dream.. may be even a day-dream and you have attained almost all the dreams in your life so far. Hence if your dreams can be realized (of course in a limited way) then… Why not Goddess’s?

Further, some of these levels (some lower and some higher) or Lokas can be sensed and contacted by you in altered states of consciousness. There exist multiple techniques within the framework of Tantra to contact the entities and beings of these Lokas. In fact modes of such contact and connect exist in every part of world in almost every religion.

Interesting detour for your inquisitive thirsty mind? (Smiles)

Let’s thank to Gurumandala for their blessings upon us and thus close for the day.

Blessings from the Masters to you all..

Shivoham!

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4-7-8 Breathing Exercise in the light of Authentic Yoga Pranayamas

Hi Acharya,

I have started doing 4-7-8 breathing exercise. I have chronic anxiety + IBS issues from last 7 years. I started this practice just before 6 days and feeling some great changes in my body.

I am doing it 4 times a day, mor, eve and 2 random times when feel panic. Doing it 8 times in one session.

My question is that what is your opinion and review on this breathing exercise? IS it safe? Any long term side effects like people get from doing nadi shuddhi sometimes?

Please I will highly appreciate your answer in this regard as I could not find any side effects content related to this specific breathing exercise on internet including your website.

Best Regards.
Nasir Aftikhar

Shivoham!

Beloved Nasir,

Your questions is about my review / opinion on this specific process ‘4-7-8 Breathing’ therefore I feel it is necessary to detail this process a bit for other readers.

The ‘4-7-8 Breathing Exercise’ (being taught by a popular western wellness teacher) is a process that involves inhaling through both the nostrils for 4 counts, holding for 7 counts and exhaling through the mouth for 8 counts (while keeping the tip of tongue touching the base of frontal upper teeth). 

At the outset let me clarify that my review / opinion on this technique shall be based on the experience gained through putting into practice what had been made available to me through my revered Gurus and also the authentic ancient books on the subject of Yoga.

It is to be kept in mind that inhalation and exhalation from mouth is discouraged invariably in the Yogic breathing processes (except few such as kaki mudra, Sheetali pranayama etc.) for there are more benefits if we use nostrils in pranayama. Also there are inherent issues with the process of inhaling through the mouth. After all nose is an organ that has been designed and designated to handle air-flow for obvious reasons such as moisturising the air, filtering the air and also stimulating the left and right brain lobes alternatively by virtue of changing swaras. But since someone is teaching such a technique and that many people are engaging in it does require a fair review.

This particular technique ‘4-7-8 Breathing’ especially keeping the basics mentioned in the ancient authentic books of Yoga and Pranayama seems a self-discovered technique instead. The closet resembling process finding mention in Yogic texts (that involves mouth exhalation) is ‘Simha Asana’. There are no pranayama even close to this technique but the closest authentic pranayama that can be linked to this is ‘Bhramari’ however in that also neither we hold nor do we use mouth-exhalation.

However this breathing 4-7-8 or 2-4-7 (or whatever be the ratio) technique seems to be borrowing a lot from a naturally occurring process – ‘yawning’ or ‘sighing’ but more closer to sighing. In fact sighing is defined as to emit a long, deep audible breath expressing sadness, relief, tiredness, or similar emotions. This process is about voluntarily imitating that instinctive body response and I am sure it can help. It can help release stress and anxiety naturally but as I can see excessive, forced and repeated sighing more than a few times in a row would rather create a pro-response rather than acting as a  reliever of stress, anxiety, grief etc. In that case you shall start feeling stressed, anxious, sad and even suffer from insomnia. You may have noticed it that teacher himself warns to not exceed 4 such cycles in one go. Why? The reason is exactly as stated above.

Although the teacher recommends this technique to be used multiple times spread over the day but I beg to differ. In my fair opinion this type of breathing can be done only and only at times when you are stressed, anxious or sad not at other times. It is going to work only if it is done at opportune times nor otherwise. Unless you are perennially depressed or have certain kind of anxiety disorder using it multiple times during the day is not recommended.

I don’t see this way of breathing as panacea to all the mental issues one may suffer from. Instead my recommendation would be belly-breathing, simha-asana, bhramari, ujjai and elongated ‘chanting of aaaaa.. or ahhhh… while exhalation’ should do the trick for you without having to suffer from any negative side-effects. To control your responses and emotions such as anger, craving etc. in day to day life the “awareness exercise” that is taught in Tattva Shakti Vigyaan initiation is also much better than anything else.

Hope this suffices.

-Acharya Agyaatadarshan Anand Nath

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Pranayama without preparation can cause unexplained diseases!

Shivoham!

Dear Readers, disciples and friends,

I have been warning people about the indiscriminate usage of a particular Yogaanga pertaining to breathing – The Pranayama. It has only been out of compassion and in the spirit of keeping the ancient discipline of Yoga intact. I have probably wrote the maximum number of articles and posts concerning this subject. Looking at the statistics of this blog site, comments and hits on various posts I can safely say that by now at least 4,00,000 people read the posts relating to pranayama and probably have gained insight through these posts. Although it becomes quite repetitive for me to mostly keep writing about one subject but despite that I can do that for still millions are to be educated.

The team that manages the blogs , facebook page and help centre had been and still receiving thousands of mails and comments from people across the globe ever since the posts on authentic processes of Yoga and Pranayama were made live. These comments and mails are mostly in appreciation, quite a few queries and many condoning but some are skeptic too. All that is fine but then some people started posing serious doubts on the intention behind these writings of mine. Such as below –

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You sound very negative in this article, looks like you are not happy that somebody is teaching entire yog ayurved to common people for free.

Danny Stark (dannystark495@gmail.com)
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I understand such comments come only from those practitioners of Pranayama and various Kriyas who have seemingly benefited from their breathing exercises. In some posts I have explained this too that ‘how’ and ‘in what conditions’ of your body such Kriyas and even wrongly done pranamayas seem to give good benefic results on physical level. There are many well documented studies to prove the fact that eunuchs have more rugged and powerful bodies than ordinary fertile men. Why should most of eunuchs ( gone through forced castration) have longer life and otherwise feel full of energy despite that missing ‘creative force’ (Virya) in them? It happens so by forcibly shutting down or stopping the energy flow in certain channels (nadis) of your physical body your physical strength and longevity can improve drastically.

There are many reasons to believe that engaging in indiscriminate practices of high-speed breathing (pranayamas) kriyas involuntarily and unknowing breaks many subtle energy channels of your body therefore depriving you for many subtler creative and higher abilities but can definitely make you more body stronger. Are we okay to let go the finer functions of mind-body complex by creating such a havoc in energy-body through voluntary turbulence of wind (breath) without having prepared our system to handle it? It is upto us what we wish to settle for.

Its is not my person view but all authentic books on Yoga including writings of Vedic period such as Yoga-Tattvopanishad, Yoga-Choodaamani Upanishad etc. that Nadishodhan is a prerequisite for any other pranayama. I have quoted this verse many at times but on the cost of repetition here it is once again given –

Hikka kaasas-tathaa-shwaasah Shirah-karnaakshi-vedanaa ||
Bhavanti Vividhaa Rogaah , Pawanasya vyatikramaata || 117 – Saamaveda : Yoga Choodamanyopanishad || (Also find this shloka in Goraksha Samhita )

“Hiccups, Coughing, Asthma, pain in head, eyes, ears and innumerable ailments happen when prana-vayu gets disturbed. Effectively meaning … “with wrong methods of breathing one can create almost any disease especially pertaining to head and chest region.”

Now it is left to the reader to see these issues (there are hundreds of more with us) reported by people after attempting pranayama without preparation have any validity.

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Dear Gurudev,

I have been practising bhastrika – 20, kapalbhati 600 ( one per sec), anulom bilom 80 times as per video from Ramdevji. It felt amazing untill three dats back I had a constant buzzing sensation on the top of my head. I have stopped all pranayamas. What should I do to get rid of this buzz? Kindly please help.

Thanks & regards

Sree Malakar (sree.malakar@gmail.com)

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Dear AD,
Since last 2 months I am suffering from below illness bcoz of doing wrong Pranayam steps by my own. 
please help me how do I overcome from my illness-

lack of stability in thoughts
vomiting sensation (nausea)
uneasiness, easily excitable mind
breathing difficulty ,
indigestion
constipation,
psychological imbalance, restlessness
worsening of depression
Dryness of mouth,
increase of internal fear,
excessive perspiration, salivation
variation in blood pressure and blood glucose levels,
Increase in stress level,
lowered immunity,
bodyache, back ache.

Regards

Shekhar Gawde (shekharbgawde14@gmail.com)

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Dear AD
I am feeling chest pain while breathing. At the time of walking, eating or getting busy in something the pain dissaper. When I sit quietly for study, meditation or something else it again start. I have previously practised pranayam for 2-3 month. I have quit this since 20 days .I think I have done pranayam in some wrong way. There is pain in my chest with everything inhale & exhale, it feels like center of chest become warm. I am also feeling short breathing,nasal congestion and cough.
Please help..

Pryanjit Parida (priyanjit20@gmail.com)

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There are hundreds of such queries and complaints arising out of the indiscriminate act of engaging in Pranayama, Kapalbhati, Bhastrika and certain types of Kriyas etc. Now as an intelligent reader you would definitely apply your discretion. I am not fighting for anything but only educating the Yoga enthusiasts. 

There are so many questions asked above for which answers have already been provided in my earlier posts and therefore I would advise beloved readers to please go through all previous posts on Pranayama and Kriyas. If you don’t find any answer there in previous articles then please do post your questions here. I shall try to reply them as much soon as possible.

Finally, a question that I pick up for answering today –

“Hello Sir. how many weeks/days should we practice each of the steps of Nadi shodhana before we start the final phase of this pranayama with Kumbhaka ? please advise.”

Rockie D’Souza (rockie.dsouza@hotmail.com)

This is a good question Rockie and I am given to understand that you had asked this question long back and waited too. Here’s the answer.

The Nadishodhan is a slow and gradual process that demands regularity and discipline in lifestyle. For achieving moderate level of Nadi-Shodhan following steps should be followed.

NadiShodhan is to be done four times a day as per authentic Yoga scriptures. During Nadishodhan regime one should adhere to sattvic and sweet food. The practitioner should not engage in excessive labour, avoid exposure to excessive hot and cold temperatures and also keep away from too much people to people interaction.

  • Begin your practices with Anulom-Vilom (Alternate nostril breathing without any Hold in between inhale and exhale).
  • The practice should be done empty stomach.
  • You should do not more than 80 rounds (One round is counted upon reaching the same nostril in the process of alternating) of Nadi-Shodhan in one sitting.
  • Practice can be split in 40 rounds twice a day. Morning and evening well one hour or two before dinner.
  • If you are doing in once a day then the best time to engage in this practice is within 2 hours (before or after) of sunrise.
  • For 60-90 days you should practice only Anulom Vilom.
  • After 2-3 months only switch to full process of Nadi-Shodhan that uses kumbhaka (hold) as well.
  • After at least 2 months practice of Nadi-Shodhan without bandhas begin to use bandhas. It is recommended to learn correct way of applying the bandhas from a qualified and experienced teacher.
  • Once full fledged NadiShodhan is learnt do this practice four times a day (in 24 hours) for 1 year to achieve complete nadi-shuddhi.

Hope these instructions suffice. If not, then you are always free to write for help on saral.org@gmail.com or shakti.multiversity@gmail.com

Shivoham!

– Acharya Agyaatadarshan Anand Nath

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Why siddhis do not come to Yoga practitioners easily?

Here is the much awaited answers to some of the questions posed to our beloved Masters, Ma Shakti & Acharya Agyaatadarshan Anand Nath by practitioners of Tattva Shakti Vigyaan and the readers of our blog… Acharya ji’s reply ensues the question below.

Param adarneeya Gurudev & pujyaa GuruMa Shakti,

I prostrate at your lotus feet.

This was just a passing thought but really become a ringing now. The other day I was sitting in the company of some like-minded people. You can call them somewhat friends. To my surprise these people despite being into practice of Yoga and meditation for almost 12-15 years were of the opinion that all the talks about ‘siddhis‘ in the Yoga books is just to attract more and more people to the discipline. Their argument was that if they did not experience any of siddhis despite 12 years of practice then these ought not be there. I wondered why it should be so because Gurudev on the path of Tantra under your divine guidance I have been so fortunate to have experienced many wonderful things within few years of sadhana. (Thank you. it is all your grace!)

My question is if extraordinary powers and experiences can be felt here on our path of Tattva Shakti Vigyaan why Yoga practitioners fail to get it. My inner voice says there must be something wrong or missing in their ways but can’t figure out what. Please remove my ignorance and doubts and enlighten me.

Accept my deepest obeisance Guruma and Gurudev. In your service always obediently yours-  Ravi T.

Shivoham!

Beloved Ravi,

Through your question I would like to answer one more question asked to me a reader (I don’t know if he is a seeker or yoga practitioner) by the name of Jyotirmoya. The question goes like this :

Why isn’t yoga suitable for people above 28 years of age? – Jyotirmoy

Well, the answer to both the questions; one long and one short is the same. Among the serious of authentic ancient books on Yoga, the most structured and well accepted treatise is Yoga Aphorisms by rishi Patanjali. Every Yoga practitioner on this planet earth not only knows rishi Patanjali’s name but also his marvelous book on principles of Yoga – ‘Patanjali YogaSutras‘. In my humble opinion Patanjali has treated the subject of Yoga as a true Master, real teacher. The way he has treated this subject Patanjali, like a Master of Masters has not left any scope for anticipation, confusion or doubt in there. He has treated Yoga like mathematics. Just as in Mathematics 1 PLUS 1 always become 2 (except when we get into too much of philosophizing) the principles and rules (sutras) given by Patanjali lead to the same result for every practitioner, all the time.

How beautifully he began this subject. The first Sutra

Atha Yoganushasanam |1.1||

1.1 Now, the study and practice of Yoga begins.

Why is he using word Now? This word ‘now’ right in the beginning indicates that Rishi was speaking earlier also. It is crystal clear from usage of this word ‘Now’ that this first Sutra is in continuation, related to something previously spoken. Anyone can guess that so far he must have been setting the ground for the need of Yoga or may be just introducing Yoga in much simpler ways, may be he was referring to some preliminary preparations/ prerequisites to be able to put this methodology into practice. By all means the last possibility is greater for he must be speaking to people who are already in front of him, willing to learn and experiment with his teachings therefore it is alright to presume he would have been discussing the eligibility and preparations for becoming eligible to put this science into practice. Even from the perspective of a teacher this seems logical to brief one’s enthusiastic (but novice) student about the subject matter forehand, before venturing on to the serious study of the subject.

What are the preliminary preparations and prerequisites? No one talks about. And there lies the answer. What I have learnt from my Yoga Guru Shri Shri Paramhamsa Yogi Balendu ji Giri Maharaj that Yoga should be given as discipline at an early age. He maintains that the journey should begin when you are about 8 years old. Further this learner should be provided with congenial atmosphere for his/her growth. Congenial atmosphere means – A learning climate where desirable conduct comes natural to the learner. Just think – Considering the given state of society, Is it really possible for a person to be able to maintain even the first few principles conduct (Yama) “Satya”? Forget Brahmacharya, Tapa, Indriya Nigrah and Santosh etc.

Patanjali is also using this word ‘anushasanam’ in the very first Sutra. That means Yoga shall be a discipline. Anu-Shasanam literally means following a tradition that is imparted through the teachings. It also means discipline. Here Yogic discipline has to become the way of life. And this journey begins from self-discipline.

Is it possible for a common Yoga practitioner to maintain Yogic conduct rooted in Yama and Niyama without bastardizing or compromising on some? I think not. And therefore if Yoga is taken up for ultimate goal of it – Samadhi, it is almost impossible for a practitioner to achieve if journey starts late. Jyotirmoy, probably a young man himself asks in sheer amazement “Is 28 Years too much of age?” and my answer is – Yes, it is. Because by now you have already been loaded with too much filth by the social conditioning. By this time you have already identified your sexual urges and probably started enjoying the play of sexual energies. You have developed an attitude of indifference for the value of Satya (Truth) in your life. And the list is endless… Few simple examples shall probably place things in perspective. If a milkman comes to you and says his milk is 70% pure with 30% adulteration will you accept it without any hitch and suspicion? If the team of rocket scientists say they have prepared a satellite launch vehicle which is 98% ready (as per set quality standard criteria), how many of his seniors shall agree to give it a chance? I know, and even you know they won’t.

Now think if you want to reach (launch yourself) to the zenith of human potential – Self-Realization through this discipline with 70% readiness. Is it alright to go ahead Jyotirmoy? Well, if someone thinks Yoga is only about contouring the body in various asanas and breathing exercises (they call it pranayama nowadays); If Yoga is about physical fitness and relaxation for mind then there’s no age limit. One can begin anyday albeit still under the personal guidance of a Yoga Style-Exercise teacher for if you are really over-age for some practices he/she can warn you not to overstretch, over-bend, over-squeeze the body. This teacher will be handy in stopping you from over-filling and damaging your lungs as well. Exercising in Yoga style poses and huffing and puffing without its need is not true Yoga and shall lead you to no accomplishments (siddhis) spiritually.

Siddhis (spiritual experiences and accomplishments) in Tantra are common (but they aren’t guaranteed for every single practitioner) for that is a different approach. It uses altogether different methodologies for control of mind and associated energies in a practitioner. Yoga is much difficult for it used only body, mind and breath. Tantra makes use of almost every possible thing and techniques available under the sun including some of the Yogic practices. Therefore Tantric practitioners have greater chances of accomplishing pragmatic transformation easily.

Even here in Tantra as well we have a maximum age-bar in certain practices and therefore no one, practitioner of no discipline should get disheartened upon listening to the hard facts about age-limit. It is true that Yoga can not become a tool or vehicle in your spiritual journey if you start late. Forget Siddhis – Even if someone is able to practice proper Pranayama and Pratyahara (Other three – Dharna, Dhyaan and Samadhi) despite starting Yoga practices late in one’s life, such success in Dharana and Pratyahara; is by no means less than a miracle!

Keep experimenting, keep practising, Keep learning. Keep the enthusiasm but don’t become serious about the outcome. That is called Karma Yoga. At least this Yoga is very much is still doable for anyone.. with Siddhis or without. (smiles)

Shivoham!

– Acharya Agyaatadarshan Anand Nath

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Swara Vigyaan Basic Course – Workshop in Mumbai – 22nd June 2018

Swara Yoga or Swara Vigyaan is a practice oriented science. There are innumerable ways to learn a subject but to perfect a discipline you need a true Master. Ma Shakti Devpriya ji is probably one of the most experienced masters of Swara Yoga for she has not only a revered Tantrika in SriVidya Krama system but also spent almost two decades practising and deepening her learnings about various ancient sciences including Swara Yoga. Ma Shakti has complete authority in teaching the subject of Swara Yoga backed by her practice experience of this science all through two decades.

Tattva Shakti Vigyaan

Science of 100% Success in life from Shiva

The creator of universe has aligned our body rhythms with the cosmic patterns. This ancient science was being taught in the Guru-Shishya parampara and many ascetics, yogis who displayed the miraculous powers as reading the future and predicting the outcome of any present endeavour was earned through this science only.

The time has come when human race has evolved enough to be able to receive and use this knowledge now. Every person can learn to read the cosmic rhythms by simply observing one’s breath albeit by adopting some discipline in life and going through simple preparations.  It must be noted however that it takes only few weeks to tune into this knowledge and start experiencing the magic of Swara-Vigyaan but it takes a lifetime of discipline to master it.

Swara Yoga Basic Workshop & Its Contents

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Why you don’t initiate in Sri Vidya sadhana directly?

Guruma & Acharya ji,

I was searching over the internet for getting Sri Vidya initiation. I feel attracted to devi worship from long time. I came across your blog few weeks back. I want to tell you that I came across many sites which were readily offering initiation in Sri Vidya but only goddess knows why I was particularly attracted to your teachings. Through your blog I understand that you belong to Krama Sri Vidya tradition but after communicating with your team on mail I was told that i will have to go through few other initiations before I can qualify for Sri Vidya initiations. This makes me little disappointed.

My humble question is to give me clarity on what is the role of other initiations and why don’t you just initiate me in Srividya right away? I am 34 year old male living in Karanataka. If nadisuddi is the only precondition for getting initiation then i practice nadi-shodhana pranayama of Baba Ramdev regularly since last 2 years. I was also practising kapalbhati earlier but after reading your articles i have stopped it. Please guide.

K. Amrut Krushna, Mandya, Karnataka

 

Shivoham!

Beloved Krushna,

Through your question I would like to clarify doubts of many people who not only insist but quote to me that if so many people are giving Sri Vidya deeksha why do i not do so? Your disappointment is genuine but a Sadhaka needs to learn few things and one of them is patience. Hope you shall stay patient with your jignyaasaa and mumukshaa. If a practitioner manages to stay patient she/he shall grow beyond her/his imagination in Sadhana. Now to your questions and doubts.

SRI VIDYA INITIATION IS NOT A COMMODITY

Every spiritual practice has a standard way of its dissemination. For a seeker depending upon the condition of his mind (Moodha, Kshipta, Vikshipta, Ekaagrat & Niruddha) various types of initiations are devised by the Master. The common initiations are of the first two types (leaving the first one i.e. Moodha) of mind. The first or basal spiritual transmission is in the domain of matter hence ‘Material’. The second higher transmission is of ‘Energy’ and third transmission is of ‘Thoughts’. Real Shri Vidya sadhana begins at fourth level of mind.

Normal condition of a Sadhaka is in the first three categories only. In fact In these many years of teaching we have come across only one sadhaka who we can put in the Ekagrata mind category. If that person would have asked for it we would have initiated him in SriVidya directly. He was ready. He was not only ready but occasionally experiencing Turya-Sushupti and Turya-Swapna as well. Alas! He came, he listened and enjoyed our talks, kept coming for few months and drifted away. He was trying something else and he didn’t seem to have any inclination towards Sri Vidya Sadhana! Honestly speaking as teachers we did feel how mutual much loss it was but we principally we can NOT ask someone to take Sri Vidya deeksha even if that person is ready. He/She HAS TO request for it and as Teachers we have to take permission from MahaShakti!

This should answer your observations on why we do not place any advertising or invitations for the Sri Vidya sadhana for invitation would mean we are forcing (though subtly) our way of spiritual ascension on someone. Honestly speaking in our case with all our Gurus it was our humble persuasions and meek requests to them in every case. Furthermore when first asked our Gurus simply posed ignorant as if they heard the term Sri Vidya for the first time in their life!

REQUESTING FOR SRIVIDYA INITIATION IS NO GUARANTEE TO RECEIVE IT

I may not be liked for what I am saying here but the fact remains that any teacher who is openly offering SriVidya to anyone in the exchange of money is commiting a grave mistake. Because the sanctity of Vidya remains only till a Master gives it upon the instructions of MahaShakti and Gurupankti. Keeping the secrecy of the cult only this much can be said that there’s a definite process that needs to be followed by the Guru upon receiving a request from someone even if Guru feels the person to be right candidate for Vidya.

Also no seeker can ever buy or purchase SriVidya from a Guru. We have seen many seekers becoming adamant to the state of being a lunatic in their quest of Sri Vidya initiation. At least 2 such people came our way where they offered us few thousand dollars for granting them initiation but we could not. The reason: If someone is not capable he/she can not be given Shri Vidya initiation howsoever be the pressure upon Guru. It is clearly told in tantric texts “राज्यम देहि शिरो देहि न देयम् षोडशाक्षरी” (raajyam dehi shiro dehi, na deyam shodashaakshari)” – give away your kingdom, let your head be cut and be given in charity, but DO NOT GIVE shodashakshari – The sixteen lettered mantra).

NADI SHUDDHI IS NOT THE ONLY PREREQUISITE

A teacher has to assess a disciple on many levels including one’s inclination and samskaras. The state of mind, health of chakras, condition of nadis, level of prana and kama oorja, state of Tattvas, obedience and attitude as few things that are to be checked but the most important thing for which an aspirant is judged (evaluated) is one’s inclination of Sadhana in one’s previous births and one’s karmic baggage. A Guru out of compassion may not initiate someone in SriVidya for he knows it will be so very painful and terrible for the Sadhaka to shed away the karmic baggage in one lifetime. We have personally seen so many people suffering severely (almost unbearably) and incessantly in their life after choosing to follow the path of SriVidya.

Answer to your question about the importance of other initiations particularly in Tattva Shakti Vigyaan, Swar Yoga , Panch-Mahabhuta Shakti Kriya etc. lies in the fact that these are the practices that work on your chakras, mental and pranic capacity, one’s connectivity and synchronicity with the cosmic rhythms, tattva shuddhi, nadi shuddhi etc. Also during these few initial years of engagement with the practitioners (only if they don’t drift away or vanish in thin air) we are able to gain better understanding of their devotion, faith and discipline.

Here I must mention that authentic initiation in SriVidya means THIS is one’s last birth as an ordinary human being. Having received SriVidya one becomes free from the bondages of birth and death.

FAITH IN GURUS WORDS AND OBEDIENCE

Progress in SriVidya is so much dependent on maintaining the vow of secrecy and one’s Guru’s happiness that it would be unfair for a teacher to accept someone as a disciple fully knowing that this person may not be able to sustain his attention, faith, attitude of service towards the teacher. Some people are so shallow that they are unable to keep things close to their heart – everyone has to pass through this test. You would agree only by spending some considerable time with a person you can give such tests. It should be known that not maintaining the secrecy of mantra and ritualistic processes in Tantra practices is harmful to teacher and student both.

|| Vande Gurormandalam : Sa-Shaktikayai namo namah ||

A master is answerable and shoulders a responsibility of the Gurupankti i.e. the Siddha Gurus, Divya Gurus and Manav Gurus in the lineage. Therefore accepting people (disciples) arbitrarily in Vidya, without judging and seeking permission from them would not only be disobedience on the part of teacher but an utterly irresponsible action as well. This is yet other reason for not accepting people as disciples without judging them for few years.

Krushna, you are enthusiastic young man and I am sure while you wrote this mail to us you may have also searched over for other options as well. I hope and pray you are accepted by an able Guru soon. Let this journey be the unfoldment of Ma Bhagwati’s plan for you!

Wishing you all the success in your life

-Acharya Agyaatadarshan Anand Nath

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Can Stress Cause Shortness of Breath and Gout too?

Here’s a Conversation with Master with his advice on what to watch for whenever you have any physical symptoms of disease.

Dear AD sir,

I lead a sedentary lifestyle. I started doing Kapalbhati and did it for 3-4 days. Now I’m feeling shortness of breath, trouble sleeping too. I stopped doing it since. Will I recover from it on my own or I have to do something else to recover.
Plz do reply. 
Regards,
Raghu R.
Shivoham!

Dear Raghu,
Thanks for writing in. Your question on Master’s blog (https://agyaatdarshan.wordpress.com) has also been noticed.
Before we can forward your question to Acharya ji or Ma Shakti, would like to know more about you and your case.
Please elaborate on age, place of residence, previous kriyas/things done (if any), lifestyle, family history of asthma,
general routine etc.
In the service of divinity in you
Sarika
Thanks for replying mam!!
Plz bear with me while I try to elaborate my case in this mail-
I’m 33, a bachelor residing in Jaipur with my parents.
Since 2016 I’m facing some physical as well as psychological problems due to my own sedentary lifestyle and some family issues.  My physical problems started with Gout in right big toe in April 2016 and after that digestive and anorectal problems (Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Piles, Fistula) followed from which I’ve not yet recovered completely. Till now I’ve had testicle pain, back pain etc. in these two years. These physical as well as family issues lead me into severe anxiety and depression which I’m still fighting hopelessly, even quit my job 2 years back. The more I try to come out of this, the more I sink deep into it.
To overcome this, I started Anulom Vilom, Bhastrika 20-25 days back and Kapalbhati 3-4 days back(Now stopped everything). Total half an hour for all. Now I feel shortness of breath sometimes, don’t know whether it is because of Pranayama or my anxiety and depression.
My vital parameters like BP, sugar, blood tests etc. come normal and I don’t have any asthmatic in my family.
Plz help!!
Regards,
Raghu R.
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Shivoham!
Beloved Raghu,
Your symptoms primarily indicate you are a typical case of anxiety and stress. You got your warning signals when that Gout developed but probably you could not understand it’s cause. There are sufficient reasons to believe that you were stressed much before Gout appeared.
Please understand that when you are stressed your system starts working erratically. Stress causes your body to deplete of some group B vitamins from your body. These vitamins are agents that remove excess uric acid from the body. In absence of such Vitamin supply the Uric acid starts getting accumulated at any arbitrary joint and Gout is developed. So you got Gout means you were already stressed.
You were treated for Gout but your problem was stress. In stress, your body releases cortisol a regulator hormone but too much of it creates havoc in your system. You may experience obesity, high BP, muscular inflammation and much more. The list is endless! In fact when under stress for longer durations your body doesn’t function at its 100% capacity.
It is also common problem for the people suffering from stress to have digestive tract problems. Piles, fistula etc. are all once again indicating towards the cause being STRESS! The shortness of breath is in all likelihood linked to your stress and not the Pranayama however my advice would be you stay away from all sorts of Pranayama except Yogic (Deep) breathing and bhramari. It is good that you have already stopped it. Wait for sometime it shall become normal albeit you have to learn to feel better yourself because no doctor under the sun can heal you if you stay stressed. Life is a gift, you are far better placed and have lesser difficulties than millions of others on earth so be grateful to Mother Divine.
My advice –
0. Get up before sunrise. Smile and be happy for being alive to see another day. Watch the sunrise for 10 minutes.
1. Walk 5 miles a day. Deep breathing for 5 minutes and bhramari for 5 minutes.
2. Drink 4-5 litres of water every day. For every glass of water you have to laugh for 40 seconds. Don’t drink unless you have laughed for 40 seconds before it.
3. Have sprouts and fruits in your breakfast.
4. Do not stay in home all day. Take up some social service/ do gardening or just visit any nearby school to offer your help.
5. Maintain a diary and write your progress every night before going to bed.
6. Chant this mantra 108 times a day “I am healthy & I am getting better.”
7.  Last but not the least –  If you need some medication please do consult a qualified doctor for proper supporting medication to pull you out of depression.
If you really want to recover, you shall follow the above advice and let me tell you it is very much possible. Once you are little better you can definitely learn Panch-Mahabhuta Shakti Kriya to accelerate your healing.
Get well soon.
– Acharya Agyaatadarshan Anand Nath
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