Surya
January 15, 2019

The Cult of Sūrya

The cult of Sūrya was widespread across Northern India at an ancient time. The deity was known by various names like Aditya, Arka, Bhānu, Savitru, Pushana, Ravi, Mārtanda, Mitra and Vivasvāna. Right from the hymns in the Rig Veda Sūrya was regarded with great reverence as dispeller of darkness and a symbol great spiritual power and advancement. During the Kushana era the worship of Surya reached a zenith competing with the worship of other major gods like Vishnu and Shiva. In some later day depictions from undivided Bengal under Pala kings there are sculptures of a three-headed, ten-armed Surya-Shiva holding in nilotpala, damaru, Shakti and other usual Saiva iconographic motifs. The figure…
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Shiva
December 7, 2018

THREE SAIVA SAMPRADAYA-S AND AGHORASHIVA

It is believed that there are twenty-eight primary Saiva Siddhanta texts and over 200 upagamas (smaller texts) which define the rituals and methods to be employed in the worship of Sadasiva in temples. Many of the Agamas are now extant only in South India, particularly in Tamil Nadu. Description of temple rituals and the correct acara to be used for the worship of different gods and goddesses in the Saiva pantheon is the primary concern of the Agama literature. Even though there is very little philosophical content in the Agamaic texts, yet it is widely agreed that the Saiva Agama-s have…
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SadhanaVedanta
November 30, 2018

BE SILENT

BE SILENT - The Truth Is by Sri H. W. L. Poonja (Papaji) The purpose of all practice is Silence, your real nature. Without Silence you cannot be in peace so strive only for this. Even while active remain in Silence as Silence and be conscious of Silence always. Ramana’s main teaching is Silence and it is this Silence that silently answers all questions and removes all doubts. Train your mind to go to Silence. As Kabir said: “Keep your body, your mind, your intellect, and your prana quiet and wisdom will follow behind you searching for you!” Be Silent by…
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SadhanaShakti
November 30, 2018

panta kathara tois katharois – to the pure, all things are pure!

Excerpt from the book ADHYATMIKTA QUOTE Legend, as mentioned in yāmala texts like Rudra and Brahma, attests to a story, with slight variations, wherein Vasistha, son of Brahma, practiced severe austerity in Blue Mountains, Nilachala, at the site of the celebrated temple of goddess Kāmākhyā. Unable to succeed in his sādhanā in spite of strenuous effort, an angry Vasistha asks Brahma for a different mantra, or he would curse this Mahāvidyāḥ. Brahma stops him from uttering the curse and then describes Tārā as a Supreme Shakti who saves from all dangers, as lustrous as ten million suns, as soothing as…
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ShaktiTantra
November 19, 2018

DESCRIPTION OF DEVI KAMAKHYA AS PER TANTRA-S

"prabhinnāńjana sańkāśam nīlasnigdhaśiroruhām şađavaktrām dvādaśabhujām aşțādaśavilocanām pratyekam şațasu śīrşeşu cańdrārdhakřtaśekharām" Kameshvari's complexion is like split-coryllium, Her hair is black and smooth; She has six faces, twelve arms and eighteen eyes. Each of Her six heads are adorned with crowns, each having crescent moons as crest-jewel. "maņimāņikyamuktādi křtamālāmura: sthale l kaşțhe ca vibhratīm nityam sarvālańkāramaņđitām" Her throat and breasts are adorned by gemset & pearl jewelry, and each of Her other limbs are decked with ornaments. "pustakam siddhasūtrańca pańcavānastu tam tathā khařgam śaktińca śūlańca vibhratīm dakşiņē: kare With Her six right hands Kameshvari holds a book, a sacred chord, five arrows,…
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Vedanta
November 16, 2018

KUNDALINI SHAKTI’S INVOLUTION AND EVOLUTION

KUNDALĪ SHAKTI’S INVOLUTION AND EVOLUTION - The Serpent Power by Arthur Avalon Shakti as Prakriti first evolves mind (Buddhi, Ahamkara, Manas) and senses (Indriya), and then sensible matter (Bhūta) of fivefold form (“ether,” “air,” “ fire,” “water,” “earth”) derived from the supersensible generals of the sense-particulars called Tanmātra. When Shakti has entered the last and grossest Tattva (“earth”) - that is, solid matter - there is nothing further for Her to do. Her creative activity then ceases, and She rests. She rests in Her last emanation, the “earth” principle. She is again coiled and sleeps. She is now Kundalī Shakti,…
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Shakti
November 16, 2018

MAHĀDEVĪ THE GREAT MOTHER

MAHĀDEVĪ THE GREAT MOTHER - Serpent Power by Arthur Avalon Some worship predominantly the masculine or right side, of the conjoint male and female figure (Ardhanārīśvara). Some, the Śāktas, predominantly worship the left, and call Her Mother, for She is the Great Mother, the Mahādevī who conceives, bears, and nourishes the universe sprung from Her womb (Yoni). This is so because She is the active aspect of Consciousness, imagining (Sṛṣṭikalpā) the world to be, according to the impressions (Saṃskāra) derived from enjoyment and suffering in former worlds. The quiescent Śiva-aspect is by its definition inert. It is because of this…
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Tantra
November 16, 2018

Progressive Stages In Ācāra

PROGRESSIVE STAGES IN ĀCĀRA - Introduction to Tantra Arthur Avalon There are seven, or, as some say, nine, divisions of worshippers. The extra divisions are bracketed in the following quotation. The Kulārṇava-Tantra mentions seven, which are given in their order of superiority, the first being the lowest: Vedācāra, Vaiṣṇavācāra, Śaivācāra, Dakṣiṇācāra, Vāmācāra, Siddhāntācāra, (Aghorācāra, Yogācāra), and Kaulācāra, the highest of all.  The ācāra is the way, custom and practice of a particular class of sādhakas. They are not, as sometimes supposed, different sects, but stages through which the worshipper in this or other births has to pass before he reaches…
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ShaktiTantra
November 16, 2018

DESCRIPTION OF DEVI KAMAKHYA AS PER TANTRA-S

"prabhinnāńjana sańkāśam nīlasnigdhaśiroruhām l şađavaktrām dvādaśabhujām aşțādaśavilocanām l pratyekam şațasu śīrşeşu cańdrārdhakřtaśekharām ll" Kameshvari's complexion is like split-coryllium, Her hair is black and smooth; She has six faces, twelve arms and eighteen eyes. Each of Her six heads are adorned with crowns, each having crescent moons as crest-jewel. "maņimāņikyamuktādi křtamālāmura: sthale l kaşțhe ca vibhratīm nityam sarvālańkāramaņđitām ll" Her throat and breasts are adorned by gemset & pearl jewelry, and each of Her other limbs are decked with ornaments. "pustakam siddhasūtrańca pańcavānastu tam tathā l khařgam śaktińca śūlańca vibhratīm dakşiņē: kare: ll" With Her six right hands Kameshvari holds a…
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Shakti
October 30, 2018

Shaktiman and Shakti

It must not be thought that, although Prakriti becomes conscious Shakti in manifestation, it is in any of its forms the ultimate object of worship. Worship, however, implies a duality. And although essentially the worshipper and the worshipped are the same - and it is the realization of this Unity which is the end and aim of worship - yet Shakti in manifestation cannot but be the object of worship so long as the Ego has its individuality, which is made of the stuff of Prakriti. It is, therefore, that in spiritual culture the Tantra postulates two Shaktis - Vachaka…
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