Sri Yantra

Many people have been asking questions about Sri Yantram. What is Sri Yantram, what are the benefits, what is the cost and do we have to do the Sri Yantra Pooja daily and things like that. Most of the questions are answered daily by me in our Pravachanas. Sri Yantra is the centralization of cosmic force in the form of a three-Dimensional figure. Yantras are two types – Bhu-Prastaraand Meru. What we are getting is the Meru, in which fourty four konas are there, nine enclosures are there, and hundred and two deities including Ayudha devatasare there. All are done with prana-pratishta in the Mahotsav.

When the Sri Chakram comes to our house, it comes with the complete cosmic force. For that sake, we do not need to fear. Because, depending on the metal – panchaloha with which now the Sri Chakra is made, and also the power of the Upasaka or Guru who is doing the prana-pratishta, Sri Chakram will have the inherent power ranging from fifty years to five hundred years. That means whether you do Pooja or not, it will protect you – keeping it in an auspicious place.

But having said that, once you do the Pooja daily for fifteen minutes – we will also send the script, we have already given the script many number of times.

But still, all those who are willing to get the Sri Yantram we’ll send the script depending on your language of preference – Telugu or English – and the follow the script, it takes 15 minutes of your valuable time. Believe me, if you spare fifteen minutes, the Sri Chakram will take care of entire generation.

What I am today, I owe to my mother Lalitha, Latithaparameshwari, Lalithasahasranamam, Sri Yantram, Sri Yantra Pooja.

What is the benefit?

Well we cannot expect benefit from any spiritual ritual. Sometimes mind wanders here and there. So, when the Sri Chakram comes to your house – in fact, Sri Chakram will not come unless you are destined to have it. We may be having money. But still, before we get that, some doubt will come. Some person will raise – oh you will have to get Deeksha, you have to have madi, acharam, and then you will be scared to buy that. Or even if you get it, something – normal thing will happen – a slight headache will come, and the mind will start thinking “Oh My God! Sri Chakram is the reason for the headache!” and the neighboring person will also support that and you will try to lose the Sri Yantram as fast as possible.So, this is all Maya.

So, all those people who are getting the Sri Yantram are destined in the past janmas, to have the Universal Mother in their house in the form of Yantra which is much more powerful than the Roopa. Roopa – is physical attraction may be there. Yantra – you will have to focus a lot to get the concentration. So once it comes, it establishes bond between a husband and wife. Harmony in the house. Children – whether you take…err.. your efforts are there or not, they will progress a lot. Depending on your past karmas, there will not be any dearth of money in your house. When I say money, it is not the amount of money. It is the amout of joy you are getting from the money. And then DharmikaChintana. Bhakti, Gyana, Vairagya. All these things will thrive in the house where Sri Yantram is there. As per Markendeya Purana, Brahmanda Purana all the puranas, having a look at the Sri Yantram itself is a blessing in the whole life. Imagine having a Sri Yantra in your house!

Do we have to do the Pooja daily?

The answer is – “Do we have to breathe daily? Do we have to eat daily? Do we have to bathe daily?” We are doing all these things, spending 15 minutes for the Universal Mother, who is going to protect for generations, we should not think much about that.

And, many times I have told, we should not think - “Do we have to?”It should always be “I cannot remain survive/I cannot remain silent without doing the Pooja.”

And fifteen minutes Pooja, we are going to send the scripts in both Telugu and English, depending on the choice of preference for all those people who are getting the Sri Yantra, and it quite simple. Anybody can do just a single mantra and Khadgamala recital. And audio is also there - Khadgamala in Youtube – you can just download and play it.

Another question is –Ladies, when they have the monthly periods, do they have to do the Pooja?

Depending on your cultural limitations and family limitations, you may or may not do. But preference is always - do the japam, and ask someone in the house to do the Pooja. If you don’t have the co-operation, just leave it. But before leaving, remove all the flowers on the Peetham, so that they don’t get spoiled within the 5 days.

Do we have to take the Sri Yantra when we are going out?

Yes and No. I take my Mother and Sri Yantra along with me wherever I go, including the foreign countries. Because, I cannot leave my mother. You may take because it doesn’t occupy much space or much weight. But in case if you are leaving it, again as I told, leave a light – an electrical bulb – continuously lit in that Pooja room and also clean the Pooja room of all the flowers and other things, because before you come they should not be spoiled and they should not get any smell.

And what is the Naivedyam?

The best Naivedyam is milk in a silver glass, with couple of spoons of honey and a pinch of edible camphor. Which we can afford, everybody. So, that is the thing.

Do we have to offer Naivedyam daily?

Whatever you cook for your daily food, you can offer it also.

And can we eat non-vegetarian?

If your family tradition and kulachara suggests non-vegetarian food, that is fine. But then, non-vegetarian food produces Tamasic energy, as everybody knows. So it’s always better to reduce the non-vegetarian food in our lives.

And also, do we need to follow Brahmacharyam?

When Sri Chakram is going to be in our house for ever, nobody can follow that. It is nothing like that. Amma is coming to our house to give us happiness, to see us happily married and enjoying the marital bliss. So no, absolutely no Bhoo-shiram, Brahmacharyam or no strict restrictions. Just enjoy, relax and again, don’t forget – unless we are destined, She may not come to our house. Once She comes, She will not leave us.

So, that is the truth, any other thing, any doubts please do not hesitate to ask me. We are going to send the script also, along with the information typed to you all in a few days.

Experience of Kundalini

This is in reply to a query about how to observe the Kundalini rising. There is a book called Kundalini Yoga by Swami Satyananda Saraswati of Bihar School of Yoga. That is the best book as for as Kundalini is concerned. It gives clear description of how you can experience different movements of Kundalini, what are the bodily changes, the heat flowing from the back and the cold feeling in the front and then some sounds of splashes and things like that.

Having said this, I suggest the upaasakas not to focus on this, even though it may happen. Like you are breathing, you don’t focus on it it just happens. In the same way, let it happen. But then how can the upaasaka judge what status he is in, and what granthi, bhedana, mooladhara bhedana, brahma granthi vibhedani, all this granthi bhedana, how can you identify?

I have told a number of times, it’s your lifestyle, how you take the things in your life. You may experience splashes and lightening and movements, but if there is no change in your anger level, understanding the situation, observing and finding Mother in each and everything around you, and in the peace of mind you are enjoying, the blissful state of existence. All these things, you are the judge, no body can the judge. So once you measure this, the more and more you struggle and strive for moving forward naturally, Kundalini moves automatically. When we turn in the reverse direction observing Kundalini, then most of times your concentration is on the Upadhis and results. Result oriented prayer, result oriented meditation is not that much powerful. So a good upaasaka will never focus. Guru wanted me to do mantrajapam, I’ll do mantra japam. I won’t even look back to see what is happening behind me, but without my knowledge I can observe and enjoy the bliss in the samsara. You maybe in the mundane world, you may be just like any other person, in dress like, everything same, but still there is some uniqueness. You are a upaasakaWhen Kundalini moves through the different chakras, based on the chakra, your attitude towards life changes. That is what , you need to focus on. When you focus on attitude, naturally you strive for better and better and better.

So this is the same question I asked my Guru, Sri Amritananda Natha Saraswathi, while travelling in Godavari Express from Vizag to Hyderabad, early morning two’O clock, we didn;t get sleep. We were sitting opposite to each other on a side berth. I said, “ Guruji, many people come to you and tell that they heard some blasting sounds and visualize lightining in their spinal cord, heat cold, I never experience anything . I was a peethapati of Devipuram at that time. So do you mean to say I don’t have any good saadhna done! How do you rate me? Where am I?”. Then Guruji told, “These are all upaadhis, you don’t care. I just tell them Oh! that’s great, that’s great, otherwise they don’t get satisfied or they will get disappointed and they will not do any further japam or meditation. As a good upaasaka, you should never focus on these external reactions or results. Instead you just look at yourself, how you are dealing with the things. Nobody need to judge you. That’s where Kundalini rises”. That’s how my Guruji told.

From then onward, whether it happens or not, you don’t even look back, you just focus on mantra. Through mantra you focus on Mother, and Mother takes care of you.When Mother is in full control of you, then you don’t exist. When you don’t exist, the lightening, the movement,everything, they don’t exist. Only one thing exist, that’s the BLISS.

Ups and downs in life you are not bothered, you are not shattered, same steadiness, stability, knowledge, flowing knowledge, you don’t know anything about the subject but you will talk about the subject. Take for instance me, I don’t know sanskrit, I don’t know Lalitha Sahasranama meaning. But then people ask me questions, I just close my eyes, and then talk, enjoying Mother talk! That experience you will get. So steadiness, the knowledge flowing through you, and you are observing that to flow through you. You are a witness! You are observing Mother speaking through you. So these kind of experiences show, that you are at a right path. Of course as a child, you need some encouragement, that is the case then, we can always refer to that book. But the problem in referring to the book is, you expect that to happen. Who knows, something greater than that is designed for you. But because you are expecting only these splashes, and lightening, and you will be satisfied only with that. So never expect anything, never design upaasana, let it go . But focus on the attitude towards life, that is the upaasana.

Why we are here?

There are four questions we need to put, as a practice.

a. Who Am I?

b. Where did I come from?

c. When I will go back?

d. Why I am here?

So when I say, Why I am here , there is no specific purpose. The purpose is beyond our comprehension. Because one who has sent is beyond imagination. We have been sent by certain energy, call it God, call it Parabrahma. And we don’t know, what is the purpose. But one rule is truth, without purpose there is no action. Kushal has got a purpose, Guruji has got a purpose, X has got a purpose. Everything has a purpose only. When the purpose is served, that object will be removed from the space and again will be sent in a different form. So each one in different forms, will be asked to do certain kinds of karmas. It’s going in an automatic cycle.

So if I ask myself, what is the purpose of my coming, just to spend time. But in spending time, there are certain techniques of living, --

“Satarathi- tarathi”- this is a statement I always believe and thrive on.

You need to be happy and you need to bring happiness to the people , and to places, trees, the animals , basically everything around you in general. You need to be enlightened and you need to enlighten everything around you. So you need to be happy as a long as you are on the earth, planet. Keep yourself busy. Because when you don’t do anything, your mind will ponder upon, About commenting on others, or why I’m like this, what may be happening in future, all these things , end result is dukha, or depression. So I need to keep my mind busy. So do some actions, but every action you must enjoy, what you are doing.

“THE JOY IS THE PURPOSE”

Look at a child, they do something, for us it is meaningless. They hold a paper and throw a piece, they blow it , it flies in the air, and they get so much joy! For us it is nothing. So the purpose is that from a smallest possible possibility, you try to get joy. If there is nothing that is giving joy to you, at least be happy that you are breathing , so that you still have a chance to find out the answer to –“Why you are here?”. Still you have a chance to find out!!

And once you find out, there are only two possibilities, either you leave this place or you will enjoy every moment in your life. So people put this question in despair, why I am I this samsara, why I have to be here? That leads you to depression. When everything is alright, also, same question we need to put, “Why I am here?”

As I always tell, in Osho’s books, Osho visited this planet between such and such years. So we are all visitors. So when you go on vacation, what will you do? You will, Enjoy!! But some people get stressed up during that small time they want to see this, that, visit temples, visit relatives, and finally in the name of vacation , they get more stressed up, rather than normal time. That’s not the purpose of vacation. Vacation is just relax. Same ways, life is like a vacation, treat is as a vacation, relax, and then enjoy till your last breath.

Don’t try to become something, accept yourself. Don’t try to change the world, accept the world as it is! That’s it! Live happily. Like the swamiji in Boston, Be Happy, that’s the mantram! That’s it, be happy. Because I don’t know what is intended for me, as long as I was having the desire of constructing an ashram, there was frustration in me. I need to accept that. There was struggle in me, but once I left it, there is relief in me. So these ups and downs will be there but the bottom line is how I can be happy by myself? May be that’s a supplemental questionwhich will help you to give you the answer to the question “ Why I am here?”

The IP address of a Guru

The Guru is much more than a physical form, a Guru is a living medium by which we can easily connect and experience the energy of higher awareness. As live energy, a Guru is not subject to the limitations of a physical entity just as electricity cannot be confined in one place. The energy of a Guru is constantly moving, working, healing and transforming. Whether the recipient is known to the Guru or not is immaterial. A Guru’s energy flows not just where it is needed but more importantly where the receptivity is the greatest. Just because receptivity is lacking, that energy does not stop flowing, just as when we turn off the lights at home, electricity does not cease to flow to the house. It only ceases to manifest as light. With the flick of a switch electricity instantaneously reenters a dark space in the form of light. Similarly, once we successfully connect to the “source energy” through a medium such as a Guru, it will always be available to us. If we are not able to connect with higher energies, the fault lies within us and not with the Guru.

This usually happens when the mind becomes the source from which we draw upon. It is written in the universal law that everyone has a “free will” and nobody including a Guru can or will interfere with the freedom we have within the mind. That being said, a Guru out of immense compassion will patiently wait outside the doors of the mind, waiting for us to open ourselves to the only possession a Guru carries - the energy of awareness.

Our mind is what prevents us from enjoying this gift of energy from a Guru. In the limited awareness of an individual, the mind becomes the supreme entity and it suppresses any energies that are not of the same frequency or wavelength. Just as the capacity of a wire to conduct electricity is dependent on the type of conductive metal used, and not all metals have the capacity to conduct electricity, every individual has varying capacity to be a conductor for the flow of cosmic energy into the system we called the mind and the body. A guru is one who has, through his spiritual attainments, the capacity to be a pure conductor of cosmic energy and also the power to suppress, but not alter, the activity of the mind of an individual as this energy is transmitted. With this energy, the power of introspection sets in and we start to gradually self correct and put ourselves on the right path. In other words, with the help of higher and purer forms of energy, we start to change from within with the consent of our own free will.

Although electricity flows freely through transmission wires, in order to tap into electricity and bring it to our dwelling place, we need to construct a suitable robust network that can handle and distribute electricity throughout the house. The voltage at the point of electricity generation at a power plant is very high compared to what we use at home. Just as an electrical grid has numerous switches and breakers that measure and control the voltage of electricity that is delivered, a guru measures the capacity of an individual to receive his or her energy. If we want to receive more, we must first build a suitable infrastructure within our being through sadhana or spiritual practice. Spiritual energy is a valuable resource that cannot be equated in monetary terms. It is priceless, yet freely available to those who sincerely seek it.

This energy that the Guru has access to is usually given in the form of nada or sound and is called a mantra. A mantra is not a onetime connection that persists forever. Its energy continuously flows and we must maintain continuous awareness of it in order to tap into the flow. More we use the mantra in our spiritual practice, greater will be the flow of its energy. With this, the “electrical grid” within strengthens and we are able to receive and distribute a higher “voltage” of spiritual energy within our system. To the uninitiated, the energy of the mantra is insulated. A Guru breaks this insulation and connects the live energy of the mantra to our limited awareness, thereby expanding it.

A Guru - disciple relationship functions like an internet connection. For two computers to connect on the internet, a live internet is required along with the specific IP addresses of the two computers. Once we provide our IP address by removing the “firewall” of the ego and mental conditioning, the connection with the Guru is established. A Guru’s IP address never changes, it is static. Ours is subject to change and is dynamic. The devotional state of mind in which we first received the mantra initiation is the IP address we should keep in the forefront in order to maintain connectivity to the Guru. The mind is fickle, it constantly changes and when we are in sync with a fickle mind we lose our connectivity with the Guru. When constancy is established in the mind, a state of equipoise where we don’t react, judge or identify then our IP address will become static and we can easily connect with the Guru.

Just as a power plant cannot be acquired for free, we have to make big investments in the form of time, devotion and dedication to the mantra and its source, the Guru in order to set up a “local power plant” within ourselves. Till such time, the only source through which we can connect to those higher energies that a mantra brings is through the Guru. When we are able to directly tap into the energy of the mantra without the medium of a guru, it is called mantra siddhi. Till we attain this state of independence, the help of a guru is indispensable.

There are certain prescribed methods to maintain the connection with a Guru. Just like there is a maintenance manual for a power generator or any appliance for that matter, our shastras or “word of the seers” written thousands of years ago have outlined ways of maintaining connectivity with the Guru’s energy. These are outlined in the Manu Dharma Shastra. One thing that must be made clear is that a Guru never expects anything from us. The only wish of a Guru is to live on through the sadhana or spiritual practice of the disciple, whoever that disciple may be.

Just as we don’t careless handle electricity, the energy imparted by the Guru must also be cared for. Unlike electricity however, if the energy imparted by a Guru is handled carelessly it will never harm us. We simply lose touch with its beneficial properties. At the very least, we must maintain respect, adoration and gratitude to the Guru - disciple system that has been in place since millennia. Just as a baby depends on mother’s milk, a disciple depends on the Guru when first treading on the spiritual path. Just as a mother would want her child to prosper and shine, a Guru wishes the same of his or her disciples. In fact, a Guru would be very pleased if the disciple were to go onto to scale greater spiritual heights than the Guru.

Easy ways to lose the energy charge of the mantra imparted by the Guru is to lead a lifestyle that fails to incorporate noble principles. If our karmic behavior is one that does no mental or physical harm to another living entity, we are in a safe zone. In this safe zone, the connectivity with the Guru’s IP address is strong and dependable. If we deceive a Guru, in reality we are deceiving ourselves.

There is a story in our mythology about the brave warrior Karna. Thousands of years ago, only brahmins could get spiritual initiation. Karna was of the warrior class (kshatriya). He hid this fact when he approached Parashurama and asked to be accepted as a disciple and he wanted to learn and perfect certain spiritual disciplines. One day, Parashurama was very tired and wanted to sleep. Since there were only rocks and thorns around, Karna offered his lap as a pillow.

When Parashurama was in deep sleep a scorpion bit Karna’s leg leaving a bleeding wound. Despite immense pain, Karna did not budge as he did not want his Guru’s sleep to be disturbed. Once Parashurama woke up and saw the pain and suffering Karna had endured, he immediately exclaimed, “You are not a brahmin! No brahmin will be able to endure this degree of physical pain. You must be a kshatriya.” Saying this, Parashurama then told Karna that whatever connectivity the two had will not work when Karna needed it the most. Sure enough, on the battlefield when Karna was in dire need of Parashurama’s grace, he forget the mantra that was given to him to enable the flow of Guru’s grace.

The concept of only brahmins can receive a mantra should not be taken literally. In ancient times, society was divided along four castes; brahmins (priestly class), kshatriyas (warriors), vaishya (traders) and shudras (workers). This was based on ability not birth. Later, in the dark ages this concept was misused to suppress certain sections of society which is a dark stain in the history of ancient India. In reality, the four castes are represented in our own body. The face represents the brahmin or priestly class, the shoulders represent the kshatriya or warrior class, the stomach the vaishya or trader class and last but not the least, the feet represent the sudra or the worker class.

When we pay respect to an Icon of a Deity or to a Guru, traditionally we touch the feet. In this context, shudras or the worker class should be considered as the highest class even though they are represented in the feet of a human being. So rather than an outward display of devotion to a Guru or an icon, the lesson here is to work for others and serve humanity in the “feet” where help is needed the most. Those who have the knowledge (representative of brahmins), who can fend for themselves (kshatriyas) and those with the means (vaishyas) don’t need our help as much as those working hard to make ends meet or those in great difficulty. When we are standing upright, the head may be high above the feet, but when we are asleep, they are all in one line. In sleep and in death, there is no high or low, all are equal. Paying respect to the feet of the Guru or an icon is symbolic of the teaching that service to others is the highest form of worship. There is immediate connectivity established with the Guru’s energy by those who serve others. There is no ‘us’ and ‘others’. There is one indivisible energy that appears as many forms. To reach that state of understanding and to be established in it a Guru’s help is indispensable.