Panchkosh, the five energy layers of the Soul

The human body is made of five energy enclosures called the Panch-Kosh. These are the Anna-mai-kosh, Praan-mai-kosh, Mano-mai-kosh, Vidnyan-mai-kosh and the Anand-mai-kosh. These 5 sheaths create Conscious Intelligence, humans are the most conscious of the living forms on earth because all five of these sheaths are complete and present enclosing the jivatma/individual soul. Only when you are aware of these sheaths can you consciously and intelligently dissolve them and re-experience your Reality/Parabrahma.

Everything on earth is alive, from the mountains, rivers, plants, animals and of course us humans, but the degree of life consciousness in each of these forms is different and the difference lies in these Kosh/sheaths.Panch-kosh the five energy layers of the SoulAnna-mai-kosh – The sheath of ‘Matter. This is the sheath of the lowest possible consciousness. It is also called the Sthool Sharir. Sthool means physical, dense, dull, dim etc. Sharir means body or manifestation. Energy slowed down to such an extent that it becomes ‘matter’. The rocks, soil, metals, mountains are just matter, they are alive but the intelligence is extremely dim. These forms of life have just this one layer thus appear to be ‘non-living’ and ‘non-conscious’. They do not have ‘karma‘ operating at this lowest level of intelligence. You can ‘wake’ stones using your own energy, programme them and use them.

Sthool sharir is the function of the Ascendant lord. This planet primarily decides how your physical material body is going to be like.

Praan-mai-kosh – The dimension of ‘vital energy‘. This is the next higher level of intelligence and consciousness. Vital energy/pran is active in this layer. Plants and the ‘mindless’ animals like worms etc have 2 conscious layers, the Anna-mai and the Praan-mai. They are alive and grow and do some activities related to ‘movements‘ of the material body. They have no mind. Karma starts operating from this layer, but this is a life form where the soul endures (bhog yoni). No new karma is created but the karma created earlier is rebalanced here. You keep a garden and take care of your plants, here too karma is operating!

Mano-mai-kosh – The dimension of the ‘Mind’. In the next stage of evolution this third layer of the mental processes adds to the material and vital bodies. Animals. Conscious animals which reproduce by producing shukla/sperm and shonita/ova have a ‘mind’/Mann. The praan/vital energy from the universe is used to animate and move the material body, the vital body and the processes of the mind. This mind is however at the very basic stages of evolution and works at the survival levels. In this layer too, the soul endures under situations which rebalance the karma and cannot actively work to create new karma. Nature/Prakruti’s laws operate. You love your pet, that is also a karma which is being resolved.

Vidnyan-mai-kosh – The dimension of ‘Discrimination’. The fourth stage of evolution is the addition of the power of discrimination/Vidnyan. The power to differentiate between two things, between desirable/non-desirable, good/bad, (Yukta aayukta vishishtha gnyan) is called Vidnyan. Normal humans have this power of mental discrimination and have reached the 4th stage of intelligence. They have access to the 4 layers/ kosh of consciousness. Here self-ego makes its first appearance. The human soul thinks that it is different from other persons, and also different from the Parabrahma. Here now with this intelligence of discrimination, the jivatma can create new karma if it acts with a sense of self.

These three layers, Praan-mai-kosh, Mano-mai-kosh and Vidnyan-mai-kosh together form the ‘subtle body’/Sookshma Sharir. Organisms like plants, animals and common humans are bound by the rules of karma, but they do not have an understanding of it. They are bound to rebalance karma by actively going through the associated experience. When the soul leaves the body it takes with it this Sookshma sharir, the baggage of Karma. When you travel astrally in your dream/swapna states you are travelling in your sookshma sharir. Sookshma means intangible, precise, accurate, subtle, strict, acute which it has to be as it maintains a record of karma among other things.

Sookshma sharir is the domain of the Moon. The power and position of your birth Moon, the sign he occupies and the results he is capable of giving. This ‘astral body’ is your Moon. In Indian /Vedic Jyotish the Moon is given importance just for this reason.Panch-kosh the five energy layers of the SouljpgAnand-mai-kosh – The dimension of ‘Happiness when the knowledge of the End of the Drama is known’. Now this is the final layer which tightly wraps the individual soul. The consciousness of this layer is available to those humans who begin enquiring into the spiritual. If you start reading about the inner self, thinking about Divinity, contemplating about Reality, practicing Dhyan etc. you will be granted access to this highest possible intelligence. This is the subtlest consciousness called the Kaaran Sharir. Kaaran in a Sanskrit word which means the ‘reasoning’ or ’cause’. Once you are conscious of this inner most layer you understand the workings of Karma. You can actively ‘burn’ your unresolved karma in the internal fires of your spiritual practice. This complete rebalancing of karma requires time, dedication and regular practice. Soon a time will come when you will gain a complete understanding of this final Kosh and be granted access to your Jivatma. But by now as you have completed your karmic debts, your Jivatma/individual soul is not longer an ‘individual’. It has experienced and thus become the Paramatma/the Ultimate Reality i.e. Moksh.

This tightest dimension, the karan sharir is a function of your birth Sun. His position in your horoscope will determine if you will be able to access its Intelligence or not. As most humans are not concerned with spiritual growth the Sun need not be analysed on priority. But if in the off-chance you get a spiritually oriented client, do analyse his birth Sun and the results he is capable of giving. For realisation of Moksh, the ascendant lord, Moon and the Sun are required to work together so that all the enclosing dimensions are successfully unlocked.

And then there is a class of beings who do not have the material body layer. Their bodies are composed of the non-material higher layers. You must have seen them sometime or the other. Astral beings or the beings whom you meet when you travel astrally or the individual souls who have left their physical body or ghosts or the departed loved ones who reside in Pitrulok but come to this Martyalok occasionally or the residents of the other dimensions (Yaksha, Gandharva, Pishachya, Vetal etc). These beings do not have the material dimension i.e. the Anna-mai-kosh thus are residents of the ‘astral realms’.

So the Panch-kosh is how your consciousness has evolved over countless births. Your soul has gone through this process too! You have been a mountain, a tree, a crab, a dolphin, an elephant and now you are a human. If you do your spiritual practice you will further evolve. The Panch-Kosh, the five Conscious dimensions are created and then they ultimately dissolve into the Ultimate Intelligence. The final step is thus Self-realization/Moksh.

 

Panch-kosh the five energy layers of the Soul

Yadnopavit sutra, ‘Sacred thread’

As per Sanatan Dharm, young boys at the age of 6 yrs are initiated into the Gayatri Mantra and its jaap. The boy is taught the mantra in the Yadnopavit Sanskar and he then wears the ‘sacred thread’/ Yadnopavit sutra. Girls are not required to wear the sutra, but are taught the Mantra on their 6th birthday and are required to do do its Jaap. Gayatri mantra is the right of every human being and is the foundation of spiritual practice.

Gayatri is the Guru-mantra, it pulls you towards your Reality.

Om, Bhuh Bhuvah Swah, Om Tat Savitur Varenyam, Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi, Dheeyo Yo nah Prachodayat, Om.

ॐ भूः भुवः स्वः । ॐ तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यम । भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि। धियो यो नः प्रचोदयात॥ ॐ

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Now this sutra is not a ‘thread’! It is made with specific mantras and intentions. Calling it a ‘thread’, is like calling a nuclear warhead a firecracker. It is that potent!

Making it is quite typical. First using raw cotton, a thin strand of thread is made by hand, (everyone is supposed to make it for himself but generally the older men in the house makes it for the boys). The length of the thread is 96 times the breadth of four fingers so is equal to the height of the man making it. The Gayatri mantra has 24 Akshar and there are 4 states of existence, so 24X4 = 96. Also 96 represents the units of time, specific mantras are recited while making it. The four fingers represent the four states of existence, Jagruti/ awake, Swapna/ dreams,  Sushupti/ deep sleep and Turiya/ the realisation of the Ultimate. 

The thin handmade thread is wrapped 9 times, and the energies of Om, Vishvadev, Agni, Vayu, Naag, Soma, Pitr, Prajapati and Yam are installed in each of these strands. More mantras. (Then there is the Gayatri Gita for more information.)

Then these 9 strands are twisted so that they are converted to 3 thicker strands each tied with one small typical knot. (After marriage the strands increase, become 6 because now he is responsible for his wife also.)

  • These 3 strands represent the Rg-ved/ Yajur-ved/ Sam-ved. Their knowledge is required on the way to the Moksh.
  • The 3 stages of the Gayatri mantra itself. 1st stage is ‘tat savitur varenyam’, 2nd is ‘bhargo devasya dheemahi’ and the last is ‘dheeyo yo naha prachodayat’.
  • The 3 debts that one owes in life, to the parents, the society and the Guru. Unless you resolve them you cannot reach the realisation. You repay the debt to the ancestors/parents when you have children of your own and you give them good values. The debt to the society is also repaid when your children become good citizens and you do charity etc and contribute in maintaining the society. And debt to the Guru is paid when you practice what you have learnt from him.
  • Then the 3 tyes of gun/attributes (satva, raja and tama). Satva pulls you towards reality, raja pulls you towards the objects of the manifested universe, and tamas is still unmoving energies which are most often directed towards negative thought patterns and then become discordant. One has to cross these to reach the Ultimate, which is Nirgun/without attributes.
  • The 3 naadis, Ida, Pingala and Sushumna. The movement of pran in these three need to be controlled by conscious effort before you can progress.
  • The 3 knots are the 3 granthis of the Brahmanadi, which have to be unlocked so that the Kundalini can reach the top of the head.
  • The three ashram/stages of life. Brahmacharya/childhood, Gruhastashram/active life and Vanaprasthashram/retired life. The responsibilities associated with these 3 have to be completed. The real sense of the fourth stage/ashram, Sanyashram/ renunciation, is gained only with Moksh.

Now these 3 strands are knotted together in a very typical, difficult to make, knot called the Brahmagranthi. This knot represents OM the absolute.

This is now the Yadnopavit sutra or Brahma-sutra.

When it is worn normally, it is on the left shoulder and across the body. It will hang down till the top of the right thigh. It is a physical reminder that all these things, these are burdens which have to be carried and that the goal of life is realisation of OM. And then on the energy levels it is totally awesome. I saw it when I and my husband performed the Yadnopavit sanskar for our son. The sutra balances all the lower chakras perfectly, from the Muladhar to the Vishuddhi, as it encircles them. My son who till then had refused to wear even a gold chain in his neck, happily wore the sutra without any fuss. Its energy is just so awesome and it stabilises the energy of the person wearing it. So when the boy does his personal practice, he just has to work on his Ajnya chakra. It is a very big boost. The sutra ‘holds’ the practice. The sutra and the Gayatri mantra sadhana (for boys) are practically one unit.

There are a few rules about wearing and changing it periodically but they are all very simple. So wearing it should not be a problem!

Now am sure that you must be wondering why just boys? Why don’t women wear the yadnopavit sutra? The simplest answer is that they dont need to. There is one very big advantage that women have. They do not have a Y chromosome. Science has also acknowledged that men are more delicate than women, the survivorship ratios of male/female at different age groups prove this. Men need to actively protect themselves and keep themselves healthy at all levels, so Gayatri sadhana wearing the Yadnopavit sutra is compulsory for all men.

Our ancients knew of the inherent weakness of the  Y-chromosome so had several ways to actively protect it, by ensuring that marriages are conducted according to astrological principles and according to the family dynasty/’Gotra’, by ensuring that the males perform the anteyshti/tarpan rituals of the departed etc. For women the challenge comes with menopause. If women can consciously transition when at menopause, they will realise how easy spirituality is for them. Till then even a simple basic 27 /54 /108 times jaap of Gayatri is enough to sustain them.

And this is the link to the most complete form of Gayatri, the Ghanapath and the full form of the Mantra. Do listen and enjoy it’s power.

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Who is a Guru?

Guru is the energy which brings you to the Ultimate. It pushes you, attracts you, guides you and then illuminates You. There are several “modern-age Guru’s”, who claim that they have attained Moksh and mislead aspirants. Speaking soothing words and manipulating using language is very easy. Getting caught in the tangle of modern-age marketeers is common. It is very rare to meet a real enlightened Guru in these times. sun2This is what I would advise genuine aspirants who do not have access to a real physical Guru. Real Guru-s may look like human but they are not human. My own Guru, he physically looked like an old bald man wearing a white dhoti and a kurta, but the energy! Now he is physically gone, but the energy is still very much there! Except I cannot remember his face now, if I close my eyes and think of him, I get that blast of energy from everywhere in the Universes and from also within me. You have to understand that a ‘Guru’ is not the human but the energy, a tremendous blast of energy. You will have to find a way to bring in this energy and channelise it into your life.

Every step of your life the Universe is guiding you to Yourself, these are also Guru. Some tiny incidents which leave an impact on you, or some inspirational story which motivates you or some spiritual text or mantra which energises you, are all aspects of the ‘Guru’. You are much more, allow your subconscious and astral self to help you find Yourself. You will see cues everywhere.

A real Guru will never ask you to worship him or keep his photograph or build temples in his name. A real Guru will always make you practice what he has taught you, to do your Sadhana. If you are being urged by your friends to join up a spiritual group and get initiated by their ‘Guru’, here are 3 tests that you can evaluate this group/Guru against.

  1. Granth prachiti (guidance from texts) – Are the philosophy, discourses, activities of this group/Guru in harmony with the philosophies of the Ved, Vedanta, Upanishad, Bhagwad Gita, Vignyan Bhairav tantra etc.
  2. Guru prachiti (guidance from the Guru lineage) – The lineage that they claim to be, is it from a real Guru? In India they will claim to be initiated by renown Gurus of the past, but always take this with a pinch of salt.
  3. Finally and most important and over-riding Atma-prachiti (guidance from your own self) – How do you feel about this Guru/group? Your conscience is the most unfailing guide you have. Your inner sub-conscious self knows more, so trust your gut-feel. Choosing to follow a spiritual guide is the most important choice you will make, so think and evaluate very carefully. Trust yourself completely.

meru2Now this is what you can do, as the safest, best and the most effective option. Do this only if you feel this to be ok in your heart. You are the ultimate judge of what you do. Do this only if you feel this simple practice resonating with you.

  • Get a Shriyantra and set it up on your puja ghar/altar. This will be your focus point. You can buy one engraved on a silver/gold plate or if it is not available for sale where you live you can even take a print-out of this geometry from the internet and laminate it. (Just remember while choosing the image to print, the central triangle is an equilateral triangle and the central dot is at the very center of this triangle). Or if you prefer it in 3-D you can buy a Mahameru in sphatik/clear quartz stone.
    • This is the geometry of your own internal energy. All the chakras in your spine when placed on one top of the other create this geometry.
    • You need a focus point to concentrate your intention on. The central Bindu/point of this geometry represents the Ultimate, You. So you focus on this point.
    • When you focus on this Bindu, you are consciously arranging all your chakra energies to their perfect orientation. You are showing your internal energies how they should look like and they will resonate with this geometry.
    • Here is a detailed post on this geometry.
  • Now that you have your focus, you will need to set up the place where you will sit, your asan (detailed post here). The asan acts as a foundation for your practice as well as sort of a recharge battery. It ‘holds’ your practice. It protects you in every way.
  • Now you have your focus and your asan, so you have to charge your energies. There are two ways you can do it.
    • If you are drawn to the jaap method, the Gayatri mantra is the best possible option (full post here). You can recite the Gayatri mantra in sets of 108 repeats (ideally at sunrise/midday/sunset or else whenever you find the time, will take 15 mins for 108 repeats). Count on your fingers. After you finish don’t get up suddenly, enjoy the peace and internal silence for at least 5 mins more. Or you can then continue with Dhyan if you feel so inclined and have time.
    • If you are more drawn to just Dhyan (detailed post here) do it sitting on your Asan in front of your focus geometry. Will take 30 mins of your time initially, (20 mins for breathing 108 times and 10 mins for enjoying the peace/silence.) As it deepens it can go for hours. Initially sit once or twice a day, at sunrise or sunset or if not possible, then any time at night or when your surroundings are silent. This is nothing complicated, just breathing normally with focus between your eyebrows and mentally reciting the mantra (it is Om or Hamsa or Soham)
    • This sitting silently afterwards is the real essence of mediation, your mind has been stilled by your 108 mantra repeat and you are very deeply silent. Enjoy!

This practice may seem very simple but it goes in very very deep. It is like full-fledged energy work-out. This ‘simple’ practice will take you all the way to Moksh. There is no need of doing any complicated stuff which is ‘marketed’ in today’s world.

(If you are a woman take a 5-day break when you have your monthly cycle, do not sit on your Asan. Here your body is undergoing physical destruction within and you need rest.)meruAlways know your real name is Om, your energy looks like the Shriyantra geometry, you are the Ultimate yourself, now you just have to experience it again. But are weighed down by desires and conditionings which block you from this experience. You have to resolve these. And they will get resolved, you have to put your faith/shraddha in your practice.

There were several people in the past, enlightened Guru-s perhaps, but they are not physically available now. You can read their teachings for inspiration, you can feel gratitude for them in your heart, acknowledging that you learnt something is always good.  Now, if they were really Enlightened they were never ‘human’, they were/are the Parabrahma. My Guru had a name and was very well known in society but his real nature was/is Om. When he gained his Moksh, his ‘society identity’ dissolved. His real nature became Parabrahma. The real name/nature of every enlightened Guru was/is Om, just the same as yours, it is Om.

But your practice is what you do sitting on your Asan. Here you will think only of your real Self. You will become who you focus on, so always focus on your own perfection. That is in sound ‘Om’ and in geometry the ‘Shriyantra’ in all its dimensions. When you close your eyes for doing the jaap or dhyan you will only think of your mantra Gayatri or Om/Soham/Hamsa, nothing else at all. You will focus at the center of your eyebrows. It will seem pitch black at first but persevere. Be patient and do your action, breathe+mantra+focus. This will balance out everything. Trust your actions.

For doing spiritual practice you do not need to take sanyas and live in a monastery, you can do all this quite easily living with your family, doing your job and being with society. Just one thing if you can, control what you eat/drink. Tamasic food/drink make your astral self ‘heavy’. So if possible, avoid non-veg (fish is ok not other meats), avoid alcohol (once in a while for social/medical reasons is ok), avoid heavily spiced food (overloads the digestive system) and eat at least one thing which you have cooked/made with your own hands (even a cup of tea will do!)

In Sanatan Dharm the Observer is given prime importance, your experience is yours. Your friend’s experience is his, not yours.

Trust your own self always. This is your personal journey within yourself, to yourself.guru

 

(This post is in response to this comment I received in the Contact form, I hope it has been of some use to you.
“I have been reading some of your interesting posts lately.. Particularly because i am interested in spiritual development..
I have trust my true self before and practiced awareness or even meditation with the help of my inner self (i call it my own Guru although He has not a name).
But the thing is that a friend recently told me i should not meditate without the help of a true Master or even doing breath exercises because it was dangerous… so i stopped it. He particularly recommended me to read about his own Master. I read about it and i agree that His words are wise and helpful but i feel that i don’t want in my heart to choose Him as my Master aswel.
I don’t even know from where i get all this inner good thoughts and guidance and before felt enlightened, in the good path, and that my own Guru has no name..so it is hard for me to choose some specific of the ones who lived before.
My friend keep saying that i cannot ever reach true enlightenment by my self meditating and without cleaning my self from my past karma. (which i feel i have been doing naturally with help of the Universe or God.. He says that the only way is initiating according to His Master, but i don’t feel i want to initiate in anything. I don’t want to become a non or a living saint. I just want to live a honest life without attachment, give love to my family and people around me, live true to my self..

When i meditate or do dhyan should i have in my awareness gratitude for all Masters or Gurus ever existed or should i choose a particular one (besides trusting my inner self)? This is the question i have been struggling lately.
If you don’t have a particular answer it is enough with a advice. I trust because you seem to have good experience about spiritualities path.

Best regards, Marly”)

Experiences in Dhyan

Here are a few things which may help you be more at ease with your Dhyan and the experiences which you will get while you engage in your spiritual practices. There is always a Guru (Guru is energy so can be in any form, physical, astral, anything) to guide through this phase but with so much misleading information on the internet, this is just to bring clarity and sense. If someone needs to read this, it will remain available.kundaliniDoing Dhyan or having experiences while doing it is nothing special. It is natural and not an achievement. If you create labels for yourself like- I am a ‘yogini’, ‘sadhak’, ‘kriyavan’ etc. you are falling even subtly into the trap of ego. This ego will be colored by ‘spirituality‘ thus even more difficult to get out of.

Do not expect anything to happen during Dhyan. Once you start expecting, you will feel the mental/ emotional response of achievement and disappointment. Anyways these experiences are as fleeting as the manifested Universe. There is no point in remembering and reliving them. If you think that you are controlling your pran or controlling your kundalini or whatever, your own thoughts are going to magnify your experience. Whatever you think of you will manifest. Do not think of anything. You are trying to manifest the Ultimate, you cannot think of That as it has no attributes. If you put labels in your thought processes you will never realise the Ultimate.

And stop thinking of Kundalini. It is over-hyped. It is the restriction on your self. It holds back the force of self-realisation, it is a lock. The first lock in a series of locks. It is the basic energy holding you to this manifested universe. If you have to break the ego you have to break this kundalini, not desire it! The lock of the kundalini is under the control of Devi Mahamaya. It is by her blessings that it will be opened. Thus Devi is often visualised as a compassionate benevolent protective mother. She is the Mother as She has created this illusion of ‘jivatma’/soul and the playground Universe. Visualising her as ever helpful, ever generous and protective helps. As you visualise you manifest.kundaliniAs your Dhyan deepens you will have ‘paranormal’ experiences, you might even doubt your vision and other senses. You might hear voices, see things, feel things, get strange disconnected from reality thoughts. This can happen even when you are doing your regular daily activities. So just be careful especially if you drive, you might lose your sense of coordination. These are random things and will eventually resolve as your body balances out the energy.

Now this is important, as you progress more deeply into your own self, try to limit physical contact. Interactions with others might also reduce, they will continue on superficial levels of course. Try to eat satvik food, cook something for yourself everyday, even a cup of tea! It might help if you wash your clothes separately, not with the general family’s clothes.

Remember you have activated the force of self realization. You are not your body and neither your physical environment. You might face strange responses from your family/friends. You are actively dissociating from them internally. Your physical body may act strange e.g. you will stop feeling hungry or thirsty, as your Dhyan generates enough pran for your sustenance. But consciously remember to eat, drink and sleep adequately. Yes, you are not attached to your body, but your body is the tool. You will attain reality only with the support of this body, so always take good care of its health. And the vehicle is only useful till you reach your destination, so do not get attached to your body/vehicle.

During this no-hunger phase do some fire related yagnyas/homa of whichever mantra which appeals to you. This will help in maintaining the digestive fire and create appetite. Or you can give Surya arghya every day at sunrise. After you Realise Yourself at the final step of your journey at the Dwadashant, you will have 2 choices, one is to simply discard the vehicle. The vehicle has served its purpose you have reached your destination. Or second option is to continue in the vehicle and function in the manifested Universe with full Awareness. This is Your Ultimate Self bring kind to the other mortals. If You choose the second option, you are going to need the body, so take care of it. Then you will be a Guru, guiding others on their journey to Moksh.

Now the idea is to have no desires and no thoughts. You have to discard everything related to the manifested universe and this is difficult as this creation is all you consciously know. Your mind consciously knows only these things, thus silencing the mind is necessary. So your foundation has to be strong, the more strongly you discard all evident and subtle desires during your initial phases, the easier it will be later after the locks on self-realization open.f3Now Siddhis. As the force of pran and then later the force of self realisation moves upward in the brahmanadi, at each point you will be shown an aspect of Yourself. (remember the 33 koti/classes of gods each occupying one segment of your vertebral column). Each of these ‘deities’ energies will offer you gifts, these abilities are called Siddhi. Siddhis are available only for that one life as they are not carried forward into next lives. Engaging in Siddhis will slow down your journey. If you get fascinated by these Siddhis and use them with a sense of self/ego, you get caught in the trap of ego. The higher up you get caught the more tightly and subtly you get entangled. You will require even more lives to resolve this subtle ego- trap.

Some might justify that they are using the Siddhis to help other people and do good. But this is self-delusion. You have started on your journey to experience yourself, first complete what you have set out to do. Helping people can be done later, first experience what you have to! Unless you know the Ultimate how can you help others in their journey?

Be very clear about what you think yourself to be at the deepest levels. Whatever you think of yourself to be deeply, a king, teacher, leader whatever, this entire Dhyan process will augment this thought. So be very very careful of your thoughts.

This path to self realisation is for everyone and still is extremely personal. Each one has a different experience depending on what his past expectations and studies have been. If you have followed the Devi Mahatmya, (you might see events described in it) or the Bhagwat Gita (you might perform the entire battle of Kurukshetra) or the Vignyan Bhairav tantra (you might experience the 108 ways of self realization) or anything else you will experience things differently. However one thought should be uppermost, ‘I am the Parabrahma, I have no attributes and no limits. I Am.”

Finally trust yourself and do not discuss what you experience with others. If you have doubts or questions, ask Yourself, before sleeping at night ask your subconscious self that question, it will be shown to you in your dreams.

Always, you are the Parabrahma, you cannot be defined by anything of this manifested Universe. All ideas, all words, all concepts are of Mahamaya, the creative force of the Parabrahma, these cannot be used to define ‘Parabrahma’. That is why it is called Para = beyond/other/higher, Brahma = knowledge/existence/absolute etc.

“Om Yoham-asmi brahma-aham-asmi | aham-eva-aham-maam juhomi svaahaa ||”

(Om, I am That, I am Brahma, I Am what I Am, I worship Myself, I offer Myself to My Ultimate Consciousness!)

 

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Kundalini activation??

In 99.99 % of humans, the kundalini and its interlocking structures are described as being “asleep”. And there is very good reason for this. We are linked to the manifested universe and sense of self identity, this happens because the brahmanadi is closed shut with the interlocking locks of the Kundalini. t1The kundalini is a restrictive force put upon your soul so that you remain unaware of your Real Self. Despite all scriptures shouting out that we are all Parabrahma, we still consider ourselves to be Rita, Priya, Amit, Manish etc, this is because of the lock called the Kundalini. When the Kundalini unlocks, energy starts coursing through the Brahmanadi. This then reaches the top of the head at the Dwadashant and dissolves the illusion of the Universe, there is nothing called ‘you’ and ‘me, there is just one single consciousness, called ‘Parabrahma’.

Most of us are into rajasic (energies pulling towards the objects of the manifested universe) and tamasic (dull disordered discordant damaged energies) energies and thus shut themselves away from this extraordinary energy within themselves. There is nothing wrong about keeping away from the locks of the kundalini. You are here to enjoy the attractive objects created by Mahamaya for your entertainment. If you become aware of yourself, you will not find anything engaging in the manifested universe. You are enjoying this part of your journey because the kundalini locks the door to the brahmanadi. The Kundalini locking system is of Mahamaya Herself. The brahmanadi is the route to Parabrahma, the long road home!

(You are the Parabrahma the Ultimate, the creative force of Parabrahma is called Mahamaya. Mahamaya designed this Universe as a game in which parts of the Parabrahma called Jivatma manifest for the game/Leela. Mahamaya is like the dancer who performs for the observer, the Parabrahma. Once the performance is over, the observer stops observing and the performer stops performing. The Leela is over!)

The kundalini restricts your sense of personality, thus it is a lock, a fierce deadly serpent guarding the final treasure of self awareness. There are people who engage in regular spiritual practice, dhyan, meditation, breath control, mantra, jaap, homa, energy work, Yog, pious activities, charity from the heart, reading books like Bhagwat gita, Devi Mahatmya etc, following a real Guru’s directions etc. In these people the locks on the kundalini may be accessible or partly open. In some whose faith/Shraddha in the Guru/Parabrahma is so complete that even the kundalini locks may be opened. And in the very few, (maybe 5-10 people in the entire human population) by the krupa/blessings of Devi Mahamaya, the Brahmanadi may be completely active and they might achieve self-realization / Moksh.

When the kundalini lock opens, the force of  the real self-identity which has been suppressed for so long rises in a rush and also with violence. If the mind, body and the personality is not trained to accept this energy, it can easily damage to such an extent that it will take several lives to recover. But generally this force does not erupt unless everything is ready. Doing ill-considered ‘kundalini activation’ practices are not advisable.meru2Achieving final Moksh requires that in one single lifetime, you first access the outer locks to the Kundalini lock, open them, then access the Kundalini locks, open them, then manipulate the vital energy/pran into these structures, then increase the flow of pran into the Brahmanadi, open each and every one of the 6 locks of the Shatchakras in the spine, clean them out, saturate them with pran, then work on the chakras in the head, clean them out, balance them and saturate them with pran. After all this clean up of the channels using pran, the energy of self-realization (this is different from pran) will move out of the basal point kundalini lock into the brahmnadi, then through these cleaned out 6 chakras, then the chakras of the head and complete its circuit at the Dwadashant. All this in one single life time, in one body. If you die, you will be born again and again start from the first step, and yes progress will be faster till you reach your previously achieved point.

In some individuals the kundalini unlocks and releases the final energy of self realization before the pran is done clearing its way. This happens when they engage in some ill-considered energy practice. This can result in trouble of the worst degree. The force of self-realisation will then stop or get stuck and wherever it is stuck, this load of energy will cause manifold problems in the chakras near it. So best is doing your regular spiritual practice, do your regular actions every day and leave the final outcome to Her.

Now the biggest question. What will you achieve after all this? If you think you can show off to your friends and on social media that you have ‘wakened your kundalini’, you are sadly mistaken. There will be no wow! effect for others, you cannot show off because there will be no others left. There is just You in all your magnificence.

So first understand why? Why would you want to leave this fun fair and its entertainments? Do you think you can endure this experience? No identity, no home, no parents, no husband/wife, no children, no earth, no nothing, no food, no air, nothing at all but still everything! beyond everything? Paradoxes and mind-benders, which cannot be explained just experienced. Btw your mind will also stop working, as mind is an agent of Mahamaya. Being in the moment can be quite scary, no future, no past just one present instant! Time does not exist and neither does space. Is this what you really want? You will Be You.

I have put a picture of 2-D Shri Yantra and its 3-D version Mahameru, these exist within your spine. Now can you visualise this geometry in multiple dimensions? Can you visualise and then experience yourself as a hyper-dimensional geometry? The beauty of your own energy is so utterly perfect, you will not feel like coming out of your Dhyan. But is your mind ready to to see all this? Most of us are in denial over what we cannot sense with our 5 senses and here is the Universe waiting to reveal itself to you within yourself!

We are told over and over again that we are the Ultimate, the Paramtattva, but are you confident that you are this Para? Your confidence and faith/Shraddha will be tested at every instant of your journey.

If you are even micro-attached to even an idea, the locks of the Kundalini / the Chakras will not be opened and there will be blocks. All ideas are Mahamaya’s, even the idea that you have to become the Parabrahma! Now here is a mind-bender, you have to be confident that “you are Parabrahma” not think that “you want to become the Parabrahma”.

Once the Kundalini locks are open you are leaving the realm of the Mahamaya. Kundalini is just the first lock, there are several more locks on the way.  It may take one lifetime or several lifetimes, once you have glimpsed this you cannot stop. This is also equivalent to ‘death’, the final death of illusion. You will lose your worldly identity, for your friends and family you will be incomprehensible. You also will find them to be strangely limited, shallow and unreal, made of paper!. Sometimes you will feel that the ground does not exist or the sky has vanished. It will be strange but normal. If She is generous, the energy of self-realisation will rise in one smooth stream from the base to the top without stopping. It is quite complicated, so there is just no need to think about it and worry yourself. Do you know how your brain works? The exact stuff related to neurons and chemicals? No! Similarly there is no need to think about all these complexities of energy. Just leave it, it will work on its own perfectly. It is conscious Intelligence.

But you know why, really know why you want this, with every atom of your being, then know your route is available, you just have to walk it now. Do your regular Dhyan.

It is a difficult path going back home, but everyone is moving towards it slowly or rapidly. Kundalini is not a prize for doing Sadhana, it is just the first lock in the series of locks which when open allows you to complete your Sadhana and go Home.

 

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(There was a request in the Contact section for more posts on Kundalini, activation and the myths related to this topic, thus writing these posts. I hope these are useful to you.)

Dhanvantari

Any post on Medicine is incomplete if we don’t recognise the God of Ayurved, Dhanvantari. He arose from the Samudra Manthan, as one of the 14 gems/Ratna from the Sea of Ksheer (ksheer means milk/ water/ a nourishing liquid/ actually means pran). The story of Samudra manthan is a beautiful way of describing what really happens when you do dhyan. The inward breath/pran and outward apan are the dev and danav, the mount meru is your own geometry which is being churned on the support of the hexagonal kurma based of the granthi of the muladhar. (will write a separate post on this, this post is only about Dhanvantari!) But the point is that Dhanvantari is your own internal energy if you can access and activate it.dhanvi.jpgThe preserver of the manifested Universe is the energy known as Vishnu. His energies are manifested in different forms which manage different aspects of this creation. Dhanvantari can be loosely understood as the guide/ferry-man/boat who helps cross the wasteland/desert. He is the form of Vishnu who is equipped with 4 things, Sudarshana chakra, Panchajanya conch, the kalash of Amrut/nectar and a Leech/Jaluka and has given us the knowledge of Ayurved. Shankh when blown is the sound of Om, sudarshan chakra is the cycle of Time, the kalash is immortality i.e. the knowledge of your reality and the Leech is the tool which removes impurities. There are several Dhanvantari Dhyan mantras, here is a beautiful one recited by Uma Mohan. He is worshipped specifically by Ayurvedic Vaidyaraj-s (doctors) and followers of Sanatan Dharm on the 13th day of the dark half of the Ashwin month, on Dhanatrayodashi. If you can do any sincere mantra, jaap, homa of Dhanvantari on this day you will be blesssed with good health. I have seen some families worshipping Devi Laxmi on this day, its not correct, as She is worshipped on Diwali Kartik Amavasya, 2 days after Dhanatrayodashi.

Dhanvantari Mantras also have the same efficacy when it comes to health related things. Now the homa for Dhanvantari will work for anything and everything related to health. The preparatory phase and concluding phase remains the same (this post), for the mantra phase, the mantra you will use is this,

“Om namo Bhagawate Dhanvantaraye, Amrutkalasha hastaya, sarva aamaya vinashanaya, Trilokyanathaya, Shri Mahavishnave Swaha”

One might wonder why remedies are useful. Suppose you have some muddy water in a tank, you add clear water to it, so its muddiness will reduce. If you add even more clear water and also try to remove the muddiness, eventually your tank will be full of clear pure water. This is the same principle. You are the tank of muddy water, your karmas have turned it muddy. You add clear water by doing your spiritual practice. You remove the mud by experiencing the karmic payback related things. The intensity of the karmic payback depends on the muddiness. More mud, more intense. If you dilute the mud by adding lots of clear water, the karma you will experience will be lighter too. Eventually you will be full of only clear water. So do some spiritual activity regularly, it may be for just 2 mins, but just do it mindfully with full intention.

 

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To activate the Navavarna mantra

This is part 2 of the earlier post on Siddhakunjika Mantra, please read it here first. If you are interested in doing Mantra puja using the mantras from Devi Mahatmya, you will need to first Siddh the Navavarna mantra.

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There are several ways starting off with your anushthan. This is a very simple seeming abbreviated procedure but it will work depending on the power of your Intention. (If you live in India or have access to a good genuine pandit, you can do a full fledged anushthan). The time would be on a Tuesday or Friday of the bright half of the month, in the evening twilight or midnight. Get cleaned up, fast or eat only light foods, wear cotton clothes and sit on your asan. Do your basic pujas and worship as per your faith and call on all those energies which you believe in.

Now you will need a silver moorti of Devi or the Shriyantra or the Meru as your focus. Light the ghee lamp, incense, offer flowers, saffron/sandalwood, 5 fruits or panchamrit (ghee, milk, curd, honey, coarse sugar/khadisakkhar in a silver/glass bowl), etc.

  1. Now take the pot of water (copper kalash) in your left hand and pour a few drops in the palm of the right. Focus on the water and put in all your intention into that water. Just remember your mind should be clear and your intention should be intense. Intend that Devi Mahamaya grants you the knowledge of her Navavarna mantra. Now let the water drops fall to the ground at your right hand. (This is the most important step, water carries the intention and amplifies it.)
  2. Fold your palms and recite “OM”, three times and feel your body relax.
  3. Then recite the Ganapati Gayatri, “Om Ekadantaya Vidhmahe, Vakratundaya Dhimahi, Tanno Dantih Prachodayaat Om” for invoking the energies of Ganapati, he will remove all possible obstacles and also grant wisdom.
  4. Then this mantra is for invoking the Gods, Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva and the Nine grahas, recite, “Om Brahma Murari Tripurantkari Bhanuh Shashih Bhumi Suto Budhah cha Guruh cha Shukrah Shani Rahu Ketavah Sarve Graha Shantikara bhavantu Om”.
  5. Then remember the Goddess Earth with love and gratitude, recite. “Om Samudra Vasane Devi, Parvatah Stana Mandale Vishnupatni Namastubhyam Paada Sparsham Kshamasva May Om”.
  6. Finally “Om Guruh Brahma Guruh Vishnu Guruh Devo Maheshwara Guruh Saakshat Para Brahma Tasmai Shree Gurave Namaha Om”.
  7. Now recite the Viniyog of the Mantra (this is not given in the Gita Press book).
    • Oṃ asya Shri Kunjika Stotra mantrasya. Sadashiv rishi. Anushtub chhandah. Shri Trigunatmika devata. Om aing beejam. Om Hring shaktih. Om kleeng keelakam. Mama sarva-abhishtha-siddharthyae jape viniyogah.
    • ॐ अस्य श्री कुञ्जिका स्तोत्र मन्त्रस्य सदाशिव ऋषिः । अनुष्टुप् छन्दः । श्रीत्रिगुणात्मिका देवता । ॐ ऐँ बीजं ।ॐ ह्रीँ शक्तिः । ॐ क्लीँ कीलकम् । मम सर्वाभीष्टसिद्ध्यर्थे जपे विनियोगः ॥
  8. Now with full faith start reciting the Siddhakunjika (page 230 here). This is recited just once.
  9. Now you start with your 9 lakh recitation of the Navavarna mantra, ‘Om Aing Hreeng Kleeng Chamundayae Vicche’. Do your sets as per the time frame you have decided.
    • As you start your anushthan of 9 lakh recitation of the Navavarna mantra you have to decide how many sets of 108 counts you will do everyday.
    • If you do 18 sets of 108 counts it will take about 45 minutes of your time per day and you will continue like this for 463 days.
    • You can do this for how many ever days you want to, some people take 10 years to complete it. In this busy modern life, see how much you can realistically do.
    • Set your time frame as per the number of sets you will do per day. Just reciting the mantra also gives immense benefits. Just do something regularly!
  10. Now you have to intend continuity. Tell Her that you will be able to recite it in breaks and you will complete within — years. Keep some extra time in your hands, you do not know what will happen, there may be some breaks. (Keep a count, keep a separate calendar.)
  11. After you finish for the day you should eat all the fruits/panchamrit as prasad. (Choose your fruits properly, if you keep huge fruits you wont be able to finish them)

This intention process/anushthan needs to be done only on the first day. After that every day you will just sit on your asan, say ‘Om’ thrice and start your jap. You can count 108 on your fingers (more preferable) or use a mala. To count the sets use some physical counters like beads or crystals or seeds (don’t use plastic beads). If on some days, holidays etc, if you have time you can do more than you had decided but keep the count correctly.

Finish your 9 lakh repetitions on a similar Tuesday/Friday. Do a small puja as per your regular rituals and offer Her the ghee lamp, incense, flowers, saffron/sandalwood, 5 fruits or panchamrit (ghee, milk, curd, honey, coarse sugar/khadisakkhar in a silver/glass bowl). This is an extraordinary day. On this day after you finish, your Devi will speak to you, lots of things will open up and you wont need to read blogs for information anymore.devi 4(Don’t get scared with the 9 lakh figure. Gayatri mantra needs 24 lakh repetitions, which everyone is required to do in Hinduism/Sanatan dharma. These days only the really serious brahmins or people who are serious about their spiritual progress do it. My brother does 27 malas of Gayatri every day in one sitting when he does his Gayatri laghu anushthan and my son started off at the age of 6yrs with 2 sets of 108 per day.)

A few rules. You are channelising tremendous satvik energies into yourself. So you have to discipline yourself. Satvik energies pull towards the Ultimate, rajasic energies pull towards the objects in the manifested Universe. Tamasic energies are dull, odd and out of sync, quite damaging. Most important is the food you eat, you cannot eat non-veg. If for some reason you are required to have protein in your diet you can eat fish, no prawns/crabs no other meats. No alcohol too, initially you can try drinking alcohol in unavoidable socia events, but your mind will soon stop you from it. Your own higher self will stop you from tamasic energies.

You cannot do this when there is naatak or sutak period is on in your house. Naatak is when a new baby is born and till he gets his name in the Naamkaran Sanskar of the 12th day. Sutak is when a person dies in the house and for 13days, till the final tarpan is performed.

Now for women. Women should not do this during the 5days of the monthly cycle, add 2 more days for rest. So 7 days off, here your body has gone through a period of physical destruction and needs to rest. Do not do this during pregnancy either. If you get pregnant while this is on, request Her and put everything on hold till your child is 6 months old at least, then resume your count.

This is a very important anushthan for Devi worship. When you are granted Siddhi over the navavarna mantra you can use mantras from the Devi Mahatmya in the real sense for your spiritual growth.

Just writing this post in continuation but I dont think anyone will do it really. Devi Mahatmya is not for everyone. But on the off-chance if anyone is inspired I have done my karma of writing about it.

 

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