SUPPORT SOLICITED FOR GIRL CHILD EDUCATION

Shivoham!

Dear All,

After losing our volunteer Sumit in a fatal road accident we had approached his family and pledged our support for the education both of his daughters. In line with the same objective we had asked a moderately good residential school in the district of Chhatarpur, Madhya Pradesh to support our endeavors. Baby Priyanshi Trivedi, then aged 8 years in 2016 was admitted in class IV.

Priyanshi

We are pleased to share that with all your enthusiastic support and generous contributions this poor village girl (baby Priyanshi) has been receiving formal education and also making satisfactory progress in her studies. Having successfully cleared class VIII exams Priyanshi is now due for admission in class IX this year.

We need to deposit INR 34,750/- ASAP to ensure her re-admission (2021-22) in the school. Due to COVID situation the hostel facility is not available this year therefore the boarding Fee is waived. Last year on recommendation of school we had arranged a Smart phone (with sufficient Screen Size) for her ONLINE classes.

Looking forward to your GENEROUS CONTRIBUTIONS to SUPPORT this GIRL CHILD’S EDUCATION!

For making donations please write to us on info@sacredassociation.org or saral.org@gmail.com

N.B.- The non-profit society Sacred Association for Rejoice and Love is not entitled to receive any foreign donations.

Thank you for your generosity and love!

-Acharya Agyaatadarshan Anand Nath

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To Progress Spiritually Should I Make Efforts or Surrender!

Beloved Master,

You always seem to stress on the point that in Teacher-Student relationship it is the student who is more important than the Teacher. On many other occasions I have also gained this understanding from you that ultimately a student has to surrender in order to receive the grace of Lord through the Teacher. Acharya ji, these both statements taken together kinda confuse me. I would request you to please shed light on it – what is the exact role of student?

-MKS

Beloved MKS,

The first statement is always true in all the circumstances!
The capacity, orientation, attitude and caliber of the person trying to search the ‘Truth’ is always more important and fruitful than of the one who shows the way. Yet the second statement about surrender is equally valid!

Confused?

Well, its natural to get confused because both of these statements are seemingly directed to the different sets of people considering their qualifications and capacities. Let me clarify. Entry level of any spiritual aspirant can be said to be the ‘Seeker’. A seeker is the one who is full of questions, doubts, queries and he in ‘search’ of the truth. The truth for him is in the form of an ‘answer’ or ‘understanding’ that he feels when received would satiate his thirst forever. Clearly, this attitude of seeking is deeply rooted in a sort of intellectualization of the ‘Truth’. In the light of our Gurumandala’s wisdom this person or ‘Seeker’ is referred to as a ‘Student’.

A student wants a teacher and thus a ‘Seeker’ creates a ‘Teacher’ in the person who guides him in his ‘search’. A searcher will always require a teacher. Since such a person ‘wants’ naturally he will have to ‘work’ for what he/she wants. All wants require us to take action and therefore a student by virtue of being a ‘doer’ has to put lots of efforts and take-up series of actions in his pursuit. This initial emphasis on ‘doing’ is the need of majority of people. Our natural progression is from Kriya to Gyaan, from Gyaan to ichchha and finally from ichchha to ananda. So ‘doing’ should not be considered futile for it is that very phase of growth in which one grows by following the instructions of one’s teacher and doing whatever is instructed. (Whatever truly means ‘what ever’ here.)

If that ‘whatever’ is followed with discipline some interesting things start happening. These systematically occurring (although may seem sporadic to the student) events give the much desired jolts to intellectual make up of the student and hence a fruitful communication becomes a possibility now. A sincere student keeps coming back with fresh doubts and myriad of experiences that he/she enjoys through in the process of ‘testing’ teacher’s words and suggested methods. This seemingly cyclic process of newer doubts and newer methods by teacher is a way through which the teacher works on student where his attitude of ‘doing’ and ‘seeking’ the Truth as an attainable object, abstract idea or universal concept fades gradually. This phase is mandatory for here the student has turned into the phase of being an ‘experimenter’ and ‘learner’. This phase when student gets into a true ‘learning mode’ is crucial and worth sustaining for this brings about the desired changed and inculcate the right kind of virtues in a ‘student’.

Only those who succeed in preparing the right kind of attitude, a fertile state of mind the seeds of faith can be sown. It must be understood that huge amount of efforts are needed in this phase and the perseverance, discipline, hard work, with the attitude of putting teacher’s words to test are the basic qualifications that make a ‘learner’ successfully pass this ‘seeking’ phase. So this is the context of first statement. Once with consistent efforts and through his perseverance a ‘Seeker’ turns into a dedicated ‘Sadhaka‘ or ‘Practitioner’ a magic happens. He stops looking for answers outside! He is ready to accept the methods and tools for inner journey. If a practitioner holds his/her ground in Sadhana it shows he is ready for a long haul. Such a dedicated practitioner when accepted by the teacher for higher or deeper journey is called a ‘Disciple’.

Now this ‘Disciple’ has created a ‘Master’ or ‘Guru’ out of the same person whom he/she was seeing in a ‘Teacher’. He then, through his own experimentation and by testing the words of his Teacher now clearly realizes that the Truth can not be sought.. It is not a thing or concept outside (or even inside) but the deepest of ‘Self’. His faith in the ‘Master’s words’ becomes firm. Having exhausted all other means (inner and outer) of knowledge, being grateful for the support all through this journey so far when one looks up to one’s Guru for revealing the truth or secret – This centered attitude gives rise to faith. Faith means having unquestioning trust in the words of one’s Guru. Sustained joyous faith rooted in desire-less -ness soaked in the effulgence of gratitude is called ‘Surrender’. Through Guru’s words he thus understands that the Truth or God is not a ‘thing to be experienced’ face to face, as something separate from self rather one can only merge with the Truth for there is only ‘Truth’ nothing else. Surrender is not passive submission thus here too the qualification and eligibility of the ‘Disciple’ is paramount for only a courageous, dedicated and fearless one can completely disarm oneself and strip-off one’s false identities, insecurities only to dissolve the wall of separateness between the Guru and him.

Hope this kinda clarifies your doubt (smiles)

Shivoham!

-Acharya Agyaatadarshan Anand Nath

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Yakshini Sadhana – Beware of Taming and worshiping Yakshinis (Part -II)

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Shivoham!

Many enthusiasts of Tantra and some sufferers called up reading the previous article. In fact there is so much of confusion in the minds of people and so much lack of knowledge that people don’t know whether they are worshiping Durga, Kali or a Yakshini. Many temples are housing these mayavi-shaktis. In fact any person who is following any shakti temple MUST read this to stay aware of the facts.

Here it is the continuation of previous article on the same subject.. based on Acharyaji’s talks about Yakshinis and shakti sadhna.

– Ma Shakti Devpriya

.. the excerpts

The infinite orbit of Shiva-Shakti has infinite sub-cycles and processes of creation and dissolution in infinite parallel universes and in the center of both of these processes there are multitudes of inferior shaktis. All of these shaktis are subservient to Maha-Tripura Sundari, the beloved of Shiva. There are three main groups of these shaktis and their respective empresses are i.e. Mahakali, Mahalaxmi and Mahasaraswati however owing to various differences in the individual desires and embedded creativity in the realm of ‘aadhidaivik’ there are many other categories ranging from shakini, dakini, hakini, lakini etc. to what tantric scriptures refer to as ‘pashumatarah’. Thus in our scriptures we have many other inferior groups of such shaktis. This world moves for the pleasure of Shiva or MahaShakti (they are one and the same for the ordinary) and is moved by these multitudes of shaktis but not each one of these groups or individual shaktis enjoys the supreme place as Mahapriyaa of the lord – The Shakti, also referred to as with many names like parvati, kali, Shivaa or bhavani etc. for she is The consort of Shiva and thus wherever someone is seen praising any sub-shakti as ultimate it should only be seen as the hymn sung in the praise of Shivaa, the Shakti supreme. Nonetheless keep in mind if this fact is not recognized by the one who is propitiating a lower shakti for personal or adhibhautik gains one gets trapped in these lower clusters or planes of consciousness due to one’s own desires.

Indian religious scriptures and other such literature finds so much mention of these Goddess of creation and dissolution (such as dash mahavidya) and rightly so because each one of these is just yet another aspect of Shivaa only but the realm of maya does have many other powers or shaktis who are responsible for many other functional aspects of this universe. These lowers shaktis are also depicted as extremely powerful, as least powerful enough to drag the minds of sadhakas (practitioners) and faithful ones to the level of lust, bhoga and kama. Shiva is known as mahakaala – he is enemy of the kaama or lust, when he opens his eyes the cycle of creation or dissolution begins through his consort,  Mahashakti. Yet there are ones who neither participate in the process of creation nor are invoked in the cycle of dissolution also have some purpose of their existence, things to accomplish. These lesser shaktis in the domain of maya create a perverted mind and infuse lust, kama and bhoga in the impressionable humans. These shaktis which not only make humans ultimately suffer (by first feeding to their desires and then making them fall for it) in their lifetimes but also drag them to dark realms after their death to suffer for eons, they are the ones referred to here as Yakshinis.

In today’s modern world Yakshinis are more powerful than ever and why? Because ordinarily the current human race is in complete grip of negative emotions such as lust, jealousy, pride and perverted sexuality which these forces (shaktis) are said to invoke in one’s mind and feed on. Thousands of example exist to validate how these Yakshinis have been playing with chastity of so called religious men (who engaged in the processes of taming and hailing these yakshinis), having the last laugh. The worshippers ultimately succumb to these forces and these yakshinis enjoy after making them fall and lick the dust. No one has ever been spared by these lower maya(vi)shaktis and each person, no matter who he is, and how highly placed, religious or so called spiritual; anyone who, under the intoxication of powers attained through worshiping these yakshinis started calling himself God, Avatar or such attributes has been driven to shame and disgust ultimately.. to the rejoice of yakshinis. I am not naming anyone here.. just look at the fall and suffering of some of the greatest men in the current and gone by centuries. Some you can guess but thousands of them you don’t know about as they just came, indulged and met with their predestined fate.

Even some sects of Vamachara, in the name of Shakti-worship engage themselves in indiscriminate kamachara feeding these mayik-shaktis called yakshinis. Such people also use these lustful shaktis for taking control over others, attracting wealth, finding hidden treasures and many such other paranormal acts – and under the influence of these yakshinis they start getting a feel as if they have become God. But as soon as one declares himself a God the dream of being a God is shattered. Such Gods then fall in the darkest abysses of unimaginable suffering and bondage forever. And that is the reason Yakshini worship should not be mistaken with, compared with or even remotely linked with the pious and sacred sadhana or practices/rituals perform for attaining Shiva-Shakti consciousness.

And it is really so very difficult to not get confused or misled – because thousands of thousand such mayikshaktis are enveloping this earth. The great Tantra Master Dr. Jaishankar Tripathi also opines “..these Yakshinis are only the bundle of fierce sexual and material lust. The job of these shaktis is to lure the sadhakas into lust, create a lofty, seemingly beautiful, luxurious and safe empire for their worshipers and when their worshipper is completely trapped in their evil design rooted in lustful, sexual and materialistic web they topple him down.. make his fall; a fall so fatal it takes centuries to even recognize that it has happened. Release from such realms becomes even more difficult because they keep satisfying the desires of these fallen souls for their own pleasures in their dark and lusty realms. It is their entertainment and game to see people falling in their trap and succumb to their lustful means..”

Yakshinis have been making people worship them as these mayik-shaktis cleverly disguise themselves as the Aadi-Shakti. Many so called mahashaakts and worshipers of chandi or bhavani fall in their trap due to lack of guidance from their teachers. In the history there are many authentic stories where these Yakshinis have also taken birth to humans, sometimes married humans and even produced children. Many kings obtained their kingdom and rein over some state through these yakshinis and what happened to such kingdoms ultimately is matter of interest for the seeker of the Truth. All such kingdoms were destroyed completely.. These maya-shaktis created horrible disasters, accidents of fire, invoked violent feelings and unsurpassed sexual lust in the hearts of thousands of innocent inhabitants of such states thereby receiving all the enjoyment from these men and women and ensuring all these men and women were doomed to join the invisible empire of their own. Once such cities were turned in to unlivable graveyards and cremation grounds Yakshini lead who created such a state became the ruler of that place in the invisible realm. It is the same city where she was being worshiped and her kingdom has all these men who were worshiping her! Still there are thousands of temples around where in the very idols of Durga, Saraswati, Kali or Laxmi only these yakshinis are being worshipped.. because it is not possible for ordinary person to be able to find out who is residing there” he adds.

More later..

– Acharya Agyaatadarshan Anand Nath

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मन को कैसे जीतें – ध्यान कब और कैसे लगायें

चित्त की एकाग्रता के लिए क्या उपाय करें… ध्यान तो एक क्षण भी नहीं लगता..
सादर प्रणाम..
प्रियंका

प्रियंका!

चित्त शब्द, साधारण भाषा में मन का पर्यायवाची हो चुका है अतः यह प्रश्न ठीक ही है। चलिए कुछ चर्चा हो जाये इस बात पर कि चित्त की एकाग्रता के लिए क्या करें। परन्तु इससे पहले कि मैं मन की एकाग्रता के विषय में कुछ कहूं यह उचित होगा कि हम ‘एकाग्रता’ क्या है, इस बात को भी समझ लें।

‘एकाग्रता’ हमारी चित-शक्ति व इच्छा शक्ति का मन पर वह ‘प्रभाव’ है जो हमें हमारे मन को नियंत्रण में रखने में सहायक होता है। यहाँ यह बात साफ़ हो जानी चाहिए कि ‘एकाग्रता’ मन का गुण नहीं वरन इसकी एक विशेष क्रियाशील अवस्था है जिसमे मन का स्वामी (अर्थात हम) मन को नियंत्रित कर रहे होते हैं। मन से एकाग्रता की या अक्रियाशीलता की आशा करना वैसे ही व्यर्थ है जैसे किसी छोटे बालक से यह उम्मीद करना कि वह बिना कुछ किये एक स्थान पर बैठा हुआ आप के दिए समस्त दिशा निर्देशों का पालन करेगा। इस उदाहरण से समझें तो मन यदि वह चंचल बच्चा है तो हम उसके अभिभावक या माता-पिता हैं। तो यह तो हुई एकाग्रता से जुडी हुई भ्रान्ति की निवृत्ति और हां ! बिना इस भ्रान्ति की निवृत्ति के आगे की चर्चा निःसार, दिशाहीन व निष्फल होती।

ऊपर के उदाहरण से यह साफ़ हुआ होगा कि मन को नियंत्रित करने में ‘मन’ की गुणवत्ता की मुख्य भूमिका है। उसके स्वभाव, उसके संस्कार व भूत काल में अर्जित प्रवृत्तियां तथा स्मृतियाँ आदि ही यह निर्धारित करती हैं कि हमारे प्रयास सफल होंगे या नहीं तथा हमें उसे संस्कारित, अनुशासित और अपने अनुसार उपलब्ध करने में कितना अल्प या दीर्घकालीन व गहन प्रयत्न करना होगा। अब फिर से पुराने उदाहरण पर चलें – एक बच्चा, वर्षों से जिसकी हर मांग, हर जिद, हर पागलपन को पूरा करने में उसके माता-पिता, उसका सारा परिवार लगा हुआ होगा क्या वह यह स्वीकार करेगा कि उसे कोई नियंत्रित करे? यदि आप उसकी इच्छा के विपरीत कोई निर्देश या आग्रह करेंगे तो वह नैसर्गिक रूप से न केवल उसका विरोध करेगा वरन क्रोध से भरेगा, तोड़फोड़ करेगा, अपना सर जमीन पर पटकेगा और हो सकता है कि उचित-अनुचित व्यवहार की समझ न हो तो वह आप के विरुद्ध हिंसा भी कर सकता है। सही है कि नहीं? तो क्या हम मन को नियंत्रित करने को अब कुछ नहीं कर सकते? और कर सकते हैं तो आख़िर क्या किया जाना चाहिए? क्या इस पर चर्चा हो? नहीं ! अभी नहीं।

मन की एकाग्रता के पहले एक स्वस्थ मन के निर्माण की अनिवार्यता है। इससे पहले कुछ विशेष बातें ख्याल में लेने जैसी हैं। इन सभी बिंदुओं को एक के बाद एक अपनी बुद्धि में स्थिर कर लीजिए। हालांकि मैं इन बिंदुओं को अति-सूक्ष्म रूप से रख रहा हूँ परन्तु यह स्मरण रहे कि एक भी पायदान या सोपान आप नहीं छोड़ सकते। एक और बात – यही सम्पूर्ण योग-शास्त्र एवं तंत्र शास्त्रों में छुपी हुई, स्वस्थ मन (ऐसा मन जिसका नियंत्रण सहज हो और वह आप के निर्देशों का पालन करे) का निर्माण करने की, यह क्रमबद्ध प्रक्रिया है। वैसे तो मैं यम-नियम की चर्चा भी कर सकता था परन्तु नहीं, इसे दूसरी तरह से पकड़ने का प्रयास करते हैं। एक एक सोपान को देखें और समझें।

पहला सोपान – मन की मूल या स्वाभाविक वृतियों का सतत नियंत्रण। यह हमारे मन में एक सुनियोजित तर्क की क्षमता का विकास करता है तथा समय आने पर सही निर्णय लेने में हमारी सहायता करता है।

अब आप पूछेंगी की मन की कौन से स्वाभाविक वृत्तियाँ हैं जिनका सतत नियंत्रण हमें करना है? तो सुनिए – आहार, निद्रा व मैथुन यह तो वह आधारभूत व निचले स्तर की प्रवृत्तियाँ हैं जिन पर नियंत्रण से ही हम मन को अनुशासित करने व उसके स्वास्थ्य के निर्माण का श्री गणेश करते हैं, अतः यह तोअवश्य ही करना होगा। यहाँ आहार से तात्पर्य समस्त इन्द्रियों के सम्बद्ध विषयों से हैं – रसना कहती है आज गोलगप्पे खाने को चाहिए, मिर्च चाहिए, मसाला चाहिए। आँखें कहती हैं – ये सुन्दर वस्तु, व्यक्ति हमें दिखाओ बस! इन्हें मेरे सामने से हटाओ आदि। कान कहते हैं कि शान्ति चाहिए, सन्नाटा चाहिए, सुमधुर संगीत चाहिए आदि-आदि। इसी प्रकार से अन्यान्य इन्द्रियाँ अपने आहार मन के माध्यम से मांगती हैं। सब पर नियंत्रण वांछनीय है। इसी प्रकार निद्रा का तमस, मैथुन के लिए आतुरता, काम का उत्कट वेग भी वह वृत्तियाँ हैं जिनको संयम एवं अनुशासन से नियंत्रण में लाना परम आवश्यक है। अन्यान्य वृत्तियाँ हैं परन्तु यदि इतनी शुरुआत भी कर सकें एवं इनके संयम को एक दीर्घकालीन स्थिरता दे सकें तो मन की गुणवत्ता में परिवर्तन दृष्टिगोचर होने लगते हैं। अब मन उस बदले हुए बालक की भाँति समझो जो अब थोड़ा शान्ति से बैठ सकता है और हमारे दिए हुए निर्देशों को कम से कम अब सुनने को कुछ समय देता है।

दूसरा सोपान – तर्क या निर्णय लेने की क्षमता का सही नियंत्रण। इससे हमारे सम्यक उत्प्रेरण की भूमिका का निर्माण होता है तथा हम सही कारणों एवं सही उद्देश्यों के प्रति एक सहज आकर्षण की भावना से भर जाते हैं।

अब आप पूछेंगी तर्कशक्ति का क्या नियन्त्रण होगा? क्या हमें अपने निर्णय लेने की क्षमता को बंधन में या सीमाओं में बांधना होगा? इसका उत्तर “हाँ और ना” दोनों है! तर्क-शक्ति का विकास करना हमारा परम कर्त्तव्य है। इस जीवन को सम्यक रूप से बिना किसी व्यवधान के सुचारु रूप से चलाने के लिए तर्कशक्ति का सुसंयोजित व विकसित होना अत्यंत आवश्यक है और यह हमें अपने व्यवहार में तथा विचार में स्वतंत्रता का समावेश करने से प्राप्त होगा। परन्तु यदि हम अपने तर्कशक्ति का उपयोग उच्छ्रंखलता से केवल अपने स्वार्थसिद्धि एवं इन्द्रिय-सुखों के भोग एवं पूर्ति के हेतु करेंगे तो यह हमारे मन या चित्त पर अनुचित प्रभाव ही डालेगा। वास्तव में मर्यादाहीन व धर्मरहित तर्क शक्ति का प्रयोग हमारे मन-बुद्धि संकुल को कुंठा एवं तामसिकता से भर देगा और इसी तर्क शक्ति से हम अपने कई दुष्कर्मों का औचित्य को स्थापित करने लगेंगे जो न केवल आत्मघाती होंगे वरन उसके ऐसे दूरगामी दुष्परिणाम होंगे जो हमें हमारे मन का दास ही बनाकर छोड़ेंगे। ऐसे कुतर्क आपूरित, स्वार्थ-रञ्जित मन को स्थिर करना प्रायः असम्भव ही होता है। अतः परोपकार के लिए, धर्म के लिए, न्याय-संगति के लिए ही तर्क का उपयोग किया जाना चाहिए इसके उलट नहीं।

तीसरा एवं अंतिम सोपान – स्वस्थ मन की ऊर्जावान, उल्लसित व उत्प्रेरित अवस्थाओं का नियंत्रण (control of inspirations) ही एकाग्रता है। इस तीसरे सोपान पर पहुंचा व्यक्ति बहुत कुछ करने की शक्ति एवं आत्मप्रेरणा से सज्ज होता है और इसी समय उसे अपनी आकांक्षाओं एवं अभीप्साओं की गुणवत्ता एवं संख्या पर नियंत्रण करने की अत्यंत आवश्यकता होती है। कारण यह कि यदि इस समय आपने अपने स्वानुशासन से अर्जित अपनी मानसिक शक्ति को एक साथ बहुत सारी सुकल्पनाओं को साकार करने में लगा दिया तो संभवतः (यदि आप इस समय तक महामानव नहीं हैं तो) उनमे से किसी भी एक भी प्रेरणा को साकार नहीं कर सकें।

” एकै साधे सब सधै , सब साधे सब जाय।” मूल-मन्त्र की दीक्षा यहाँ एकाग्रता को ही इंगित करती है। बिना पहले दो सोपानो की सिद्धि के वैसे भी एकाग्रता की इच्छा करना बेकार है, एक दिवास्वप्न की भांति है। जिसने प्रथम दो सोपानो को छलांग लगा कर पार किया उस व्यक्ति का मन एकाग्रता के लिए परिपक्व नहीं होता।

अब योग की दृष्टि से देखिये – मन की पांच अवस्थाओं की बात यहां कही गई है –

१. मूढ़ – ऐसा मन किसी भी क्रिया में उद्यत नहीं होता – तमस व जड़ता की अधिकता के कारण इस व्यक्ति को किसी भी प्रकार से कोई नयी वृत्ति में प्रवृत्त नहीं किया जा सकता।

२. क्षिप्त – साधारण मनुष्यों का मन जो यहाँ से वहां इस विचार से उस विचार पर कूदता रहता है – टिकता कहीं नहीं। यह मन की साधारण अवस्था है जिससे लगभग सभी परिचित हैं।

३. विक्षिप्त – यह मन की वह अवस्था है जिसमे मन में एक विचार की बारम्बार पुनरावृत्ति होती है। साधारणतः हम इस अवस्था को एक नकारात्मक दृष्टि से देखते हैं परन्तु यह ऐसी नहीं है। वास्तव में ऐसी अवस्था ही आप के विकास में, लक्ष्य के भेदन में भी सहायक सिद्ध होती है परन्तु यहां मन के अनुशासित होने पर ही ऐसा संभव होता है। तो सफल होने के लिए इस अवस्था का ही सकारात्मक उपयोग किया जाता है। पर यह बात गाँठ बाँध लीजिये कि मन का स्वस्थ होना, स्वाभाविक-पाशविक वृत्तियों व तर्क-शक्ति का नियंत्रित होना अनिवार्य है अन्यथा यह विक्षिप्त अवस्था आप को किसी एक कार्य में लम्बे समय के लिए संलग्न नहीं रहने देगी। विक्षिप्तता सही उद्देश्य, व सही दिशा में हो तभी इसका विधायक उपयोग है अन्यथा यह अवस्था फलहीन, निम्न श्रेणी के घोर पाशविक कर्म कराने वाली एवं आत्मघाती सिद्ध हो सकती है। तीव्र काम, क्रोध, दुःखादि भी मन को विक्षिप्त अवस्था में ले जाते हैं परन्तु ऐसा तो सर्वथा अवांछनीय ही है।

४. एकाग्र – आप इसी अवस्था की प्राप्ति के लिए उद्यत हैं, है न ? तो योग की भाषा में यह भी समझ लीजिये कि एकाग्र अवस्था क्या है। मन के एक वृत्ति में स्थिर होने की अवस्था को एकाग्र अवस्था कहते हैं। यहां मन की वृत्ति स्थिर परन्तु वृत्ति में गर्भ में जो ‘प्रत्यय’ वह परिवर्तित हो सकते हैं, बल्कि ऐसा कहें कि परिवर्तिति होते रहते हैं तो अधिक उचित होगा। क्योंकि एक-वृत्ति में एक ही प्रत्यय का लम्बे समय तक बने रहना योग की भाषा में धारणा व इसकी सिद्धि ‘ध्यान’ कही गई है। तो यदि आप ध्यान करना चाहती हैं और इसके हेतु आप को अपने मन की वृत्तियों को समझना एवं नियंत्रित तथा स्थिर करना सीखना होगा। विधि तो मैं यहाँ विस्तार के भय से न दे सकूंगा परन्तु आप की यदि रूचि एवं रुझान हो तो किसी भी कार्यक्रम में आप आइये। विधि चर्चा व निर्देश सभी उपलब्ध होंगे।

५. निरुद्ध – इस अवस्था की विस्तार में चर्चा करना बेमानी ही होगी परन्तु संक्षेप में यदि कहें तो मन की समस्त वृत्तियों के संहार की अवस्था मन की निरुद्ध अवस्था कही जाती है। यही समाधि है।

हमारी दृष्टि तीसरी एवं चौथी अवस्था पर होनी चाहिए।

अंत में यब भी बताना चाहिए कि आप क्या करें। है न? तो सुनिए कि आप कहाँ से प्रारम्भ करें। वास्तव में एक स्वस्थ मन का निर्माण ही सही शुरुआत है। अतः इसी दिशा में कार्य करना श्रेयष्कर होगा। सर्व प्रथम इन्द्रियों का संयमन तथा चर्या में अनुशासन लाना ही उचित होगा। कुछ तप भी किया जा सकता है – तप अर्थात अपने लिए एक सहनीय परन्तु एक कष्टकारी या असुविधा की स्थिति का निर्माण करते हुए अपने मन की (सुविधा एवं सुख की ओर) गति को तर्क एवं इच्छा-शक्ति के द्वारा एक शुभ लक्ष्य (मन का संयमन) की प्राप्ति हेतु धीरे-धीरे अनुकूलित व नियंत्रित करने का उपक्रम।

एक बात और, किसी एक व्यक्ति को अपने जीवन में यह अधिकार देना जो आप को आदेश दे सके और आप उसके आदेशों का पालन प्रसन्नता से कर सकें यह परमावश्यक है – इस व्यक्ति को हम साधारण भाषा में निर्देशक, मार्ग-दर्शक या शिक्षक कहते हैं। अभी तो आपने हमें यह अधिकार दिया नहीं इसलिए इससे अधिक और कुछ दिशा देने का कोई अर्थ नहीं है। परन्तु जिज्ञासा भी एक अति शुभ संकेत, श्री गणेश है अतः आप के प्रश्न पर इतना समय दिया गया।

बताये गए बिंदुओं पर मनन व चिंतन करें। आप आगे बढिये, प्रगति पथ पर।

पथ पर पढ़ते हुए आगे के प्रश्न प्रत्यक्ष होने पर उनका समाधान व उत्तर देना गुरुमण्डल की परम्परा है, पालन होगा।

शिवोहम!

-आचार्य अज्ञातदर्शन आनन्दनाथ

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Taming and worshipping the Yakshinis? Beware! (Part -I)

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Shivoham!

Many novice and part time enthusiasts of Tantra are often attracted to this stream thinking some rituals shall grant them material wishes and fulfill their other hidden desires. Nine out of ten people who get interested in Tantra want to try it for quick success, disproportionate wealth, control over others, fulfillment of their sexual lust and cruel remorse. Such people due to their ignorance become definitely easy prey to those self-proclaimed typical roadside tantriks , who keep advertising about their skills of getting things done within 24 Hours! Though most of these self-styled tantriks are nowhere near to being called tantrik yet rarest of rare one, who possesses some paranormal powers is either a sorcerers, a medium channelizing some spirit(s), worshiper of any powerful passionate spirit or just a Yakshini or Pishachini slave.

Acharyaji talks below about this subject.. and here is the day -1’s excerpts.

– Ma Shakti Devpriya

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|| Acharya Agyaatadarshan Anandanath ||

Lovely Souls..

While I shall try to make few things clear about these extra-terrestrial entities here, in particular about Yakshinis and also establish how someone using or pleasing these entities is doomed ultimately. It can be said beyond doubt that even seeking help from or using these powers in solving material issues is also risky. Not only it is detrimental to one’s spiritual evolution but their signature energies and fatal attraction leads to a strong bond between ‘the user and the used’ sealing the practitioner’s fate in the dark realms for thousands of years to come!

First of all I should clarify that in Tattva Shakti Vigyaan, which is based on Tantra (Kashmir Shaivism) any such practices or rituals are never suggested or performed however it is also a fact that there exists a stream of usable tantra (without caring for spiritual evolution of self) in the realm of material world which one should refrain from by all means if one wishes to remain free as a human in this life and wants to continue to work for one’s conscious spiritual ascension.

Yakshinis do exist and they are the female counterpart of the male yaksha. Yaksha and Yakshinis are deputed guardian of earth’s wealth and also look after treasures hidden below the surface of earth. Most of Yakshinis are extremely beautiful and femininely voluptuous with well shaped spherical breasts, narrow waist and wide hips, emanating hypnotic aroma capable of seducing anyone in this mortal world. About the powers of Yakshinis… Yakshinis have special powers and with their help, it is said in many tantric texts e.g. Tantraraja Tantra that these Yakshinis are givers of whatever is desired! 

There are many tantric texts where Yakshinis have been described in detail for example in Uddamareshvara Tantra, thirty-six yakshinis are described. The text also provides their mantras and rituals. However we should not confuse with it that only 36 entities are there.. in fact these Yakshinis fall in 36 categories, each type capable of (having power) doing or giving something or some supernatural abilities to the appeaser.

Through they can and do give whatever desired but you should remember there is always a price for it and you pay it almost at the end! There have been several discussions on this topic with my revered Tantra Guru Paramhamsa Shri AntDev ji*.  Guruji always maintains that (though is frequently uses these powers for service of people, for example he can tell you exactly where in earth any negative source of energy/article or treasure is buried and what was the story behind it) for ordinary human beings (here ordinary means the one who is not in the shelter of higher deities or Mother divine) it is almost impossible to curb one’s lust and thus they fall prey to plays of extra-territorial these beings. only in extraordinary situations we can use the special powers of Yakshinis however the method he suggests are such that these entities are directed in action by Mother Divine in her service only. He emphasizes that in all circumstances a direct communication should NEVER be done with these entities unless you have been granted permission from your Guru because Guru,when permits such rituals also takes care of the disciple so that his/her sanity is not hijacked.

Apart from what I have received through my revered Gurumandala I am pleased to quote one of memoir of revered Dr. Jayshankar Tripathi**, who was highly regarded Hindi & Sanskrit laureate from city of Prayag.  Dr. Jayshankar Tripathi wrote about his visit to Ujjain for darshan of Mahakaal where he stays in a temple in the outskirts of Ujjain. This temple was of a devi known as “रोडेश्वरी देवी” (Rodeshwari Devi) and was being looked after by a  resident brahmachariji. Looking at the vermilion clad idol of devi when Dr. Saheb asked brahmchariji “why this name रोडेश्वरी? He replied because devi is situated alongside the road and saved people commuting on it – hence this name, Goddess of Road!

Now, Goddess of Road! Looks weird but that’s what it is there. People, especially drivers and regular commuters worship Rodeshwari Devi and offer her whatever little they have wishing she will care to keep them safe on the road. She is seemingly no ordinary devi as Rodeswari Devi temple has a huge marble plate at the entrance where with following verse (written by some learned scholar and her devotee) praising her might :

यस्याः प्रकीर्णकरुणा-कण-सन्निकर्षात्  , संगं तनोति विगुणोऽपि पुमान् पुराणः |
तां सन्ततं सकलसिद्धिविधायिनीं नो , रोडेश्वरीं भगवतीं शिरसा नमामि ||

Meaning… It is only with the might of scattered fragments grace of Goddess of the Road, the nirgun bhram (the supreme God which has no form) becomes capable of creating this srishti (universe). I bow down my head to that Goddess who is the bestower of all siddhis (exceptional powers & fulfillment of wishes).

In fact there are many people who, are unknowingly worshiping Yakshas or Yakshinis for kuladevi or kuladevta. And what happens when due to any unforeseen reason or circumstance change and their worship and offerings are stopped? They start creating hell around. I shall discuss these things in next part of this article.

Enough for today!

– Acharya Agyaatadarshan Anandanath

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adya guruji* Gurudev Shri Ant Devji, currently (Year 2015 AD) at the age of 98 years, is the youngest living disciple in the lineage of Shri Aatm Dev ji Maharaj, who was Guru to King of Baroda Estate, pre-independence India. Incidentally Shri Aatm Dev ji had given blessings to King Baroda (after his wholehearted support in a Yajna which Atmdev ji conducted nearby Baroda) that his banking initiative (now popularly known as “Bank of Baroda” ) shall flourish not only in India but around the world. We all know that his blessings have come to fruition!

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Dr Tripathi**While everyone in Dr. Tripathi’s contact and neighborhood knew him as the Professor of Language & Literature at Ishwar Sharan Degree College, Allahabad; and he was regarded as an outstanding scholar and living legend in the field of literature and grammar, hardly anyone knew of his spiritual side. In personal life he was a great sage, a devout shakta and a practicing tantra Master. It is sheer grace of Mother Divine that Shri Shashidharanand Nath ji and I had his affection and love during our growing years. As a family friend… other’s Doctor Saheb or Professor Saheb was respected, lovable ‘chacha ji’ to us. It was only in later years of our youth when we could link the dots… the things he would tell us, stories and experiences he shared and things we learnt from others about his special powers etc. that we sought his guidance and clarity on sadhana.. Although he never made any disciples formally but Shashi and I have regards for him just as Guru for he gave us several mantras and disclosed some very secret and intricate sadhanas to us. Today, we know him not as a Professor or chachaji but an outstanding Tantra Master of his times and our opinion gets vindicated every time we meet those select few who also witnessed his prowess and powerful connection with Mother divine.

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