Tuesday, December 23, 2008
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Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Pranavadi Samuccharat Plutante Shoonya Bhavanat
Shoonyaya Paraya Shakthya Shoonyatameti Bhairavi
Shiva addresses Parvati here as Bhairavi and describes the process of merging with the transcendental void by chanting the Pranava Mantra. The Pranava Mantra - Om - AUM - is called so because it contains Prana Shakti, the cosmic energy of the Universe. Chanting the Pranava Mantra with perfection is to take in the breath deeply, experiencing it at the navel and while exhaing - letting it with the sound of Om as 'A.....U.....M.....' in equal proportion. At the end of the chanting, there is a silence. The silence has always existed but there is a possibility of experiencing it better after a sound rises and falls. That silence and void is the Truth of one's being. - Swahilya Shambhavi.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
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Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Kararuddhadrigastrena bhroobhedaad dwararodhanaat
Drishte bindau kramalleene tan madhye paramas sthithihi
A meditation technique is described here to experience the supreme state. This should be learnt in person from a Master. It involves the closing of all the orifices of the face with the help of the 10 fingers. In a gradual manner, one realises the existence of the Supreme Consciousness in the form of a tiny dot. - Swahilya Shambhavi.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Madhyanadi Madya Samstha Bisasutrabha roopaya
Dhyanantar Vyomaya Devya Taya Devah Prakashate
Nadis are subtle channels of energy that flow through the body. They are not something tangible that one can touch and see, but it is perceptible to those with subtle vision and can nevertheless be experienced. This technique mentioned by Shiva says, one can realise the supreme being if they sit down in a relaxed manner with the spine erect and focus the attention on the Sushumna Nadi that runs from the tip of the spine to the top of the head like a slender fibre of the lotus stem. Energy or Kundalini Shakti, which is nothing but one's awareness, flows through this space which is an experience of the stillness and silence of Shiva. - Swahilya Shambhavi (email@example.com)
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Kalalantarmano nyasya tishtanmeelita lochanaha
Kramena manaso dardhyath lakshayet lakshyam uttamam
By fixing the attention in the space within the crown of the head, with eyes steady and closed, a stable concentration can take us to the goal of all goals - realising one's own self.
- Swahilya Shambhavi
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Shoonye Kudye Pare Patre Swayam Leena Varaprada
Mindfully watching an empty wall, an open space or a person of great merit, the mind gets gradually absorbed into itself as if it were granted that state of being like a boon.
Every being and object in this universe directs our energies back to our own self. When we thus focus our energies on an emptiness or a wall or an enlightened person, the energies are sent back to our own self and the mind gets quietened down.
- Swahilya Shambhavi.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
overing consciousness, one enters into the realm of consciousness which becomes an experience of reality. - Swahilya Shambhavi.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Nirvikalpam Manah Krithwa Saravardhwe Sarvagodgamaha
Filled with the energy of the divine presence by bringing one's focus from the tip of the nose to the space between the eyebrows (have to learn this from a Guru or a master!) the mind soon becomes free of distortions and experiences the omnipresence at the origin of every visible creation. - Swahilya Shambhavi.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Sthoolasookshma Parasthithyaa Muktwa Muktwantatah Shivaha
When the 12 centres of the energy in the body are experienced successively by chanting of the seed sounds or the Beeja Aksharas, one gets liberated of the bodies - gross, subtle and beyond and finally merges with Shiva - consciousness. The methods in which the mantras (sounds) can be chanted, may be learnt under the guidance of a Guru. - Swahilya Shambhavi (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Udgacchantheem Tadidroopam Pratichakram Kramakramam
Urdhwam Mushtithrayam Yaavat Taavadante Mahodayaha
The energy of the Kundalini moves upward as fast and powerul as a streak of lightning passing through vortex after vortex of energy. After its travels upward completing three fist measurements of length at the end of it is the experience of the great dawn of consciousness.
Swahilya Shambhavi (email@example.com)
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Aa moolath kiranabhasam sookshmaat sookshmatarathmikam
Chintyettam Dwishatkaanthe Shamyantim Bhairavodayaha
There is a subtle ray of light that runs through the major chakras or vortexes of energy in the psychic, subtle body along the spine. It begins at the root, Muladhara and ends at the Sahasrara the crown energy centre. Being with this subtle line of energy that almost merges in consciousness and meditating upon it, one has the experience of that Bhairava. - Swahilya Shambhavi (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Kumbhita Rechita Vaapi Poorita Ya Yada Bhaveth
Tadante Shanthanamasau Shaktya Shaanthah Prakashate
When you draw in the breath, along with the Prana and hold it for a while or exhale, completely, be in those few moments of emptiness. There is a certain energy called Shanti or peace. In fact, it is tranquility. In that tranquil state, shakti or energy, which is the first manifestation of consciousness, shines.
- Swahilya Shambhavi (email@example.com)
Monday, June 30, 2008
And you are that Bhairava, which pervades the Universe and beyond. - Swahilya Shambhavi. (firstname.lastname@example.org) - (This blog will be updated every Tuesday...)
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Marutontar Bahirvaapi Viyadyugmanivarthanath
Bhairavya Bhairavasyethham Bhairavi Vyajyate Vapuhu
In a continuation of the previous technique, the one who is practising to know the essence can apply this method. When consciously breathing in, there are a few moments that can be spent at the point where the breath touches the inner space. Similarly. as the breath flows out completely on exhalation, there are a few seconds that can be spent in the empty sace after breathing out.
In pranayama breathing techniques, it is usually done as inhale four counts, hold two counts, exhale five counts and again hold two counts. While holding, it is important to realise that the empty space where the breath has merged with is consciousness. This consciousness is Bhairava, constantly manifesting from the essence as Bhairavi or Energy. Swahilya Shambhavi (email@example.com).
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Kevalam Gnana SattayamPrarambhoyam Praveshane
Just as the power to burn is not different from the fire, though initially one does not understand it in that manner, similarly wisdom is not different from consciousness - though it seem
as different at the beginning.
Saturday, May 3, 2008
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Friday, April 18, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
Friday, April 4, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
Consciousness - the state of Shiva has to be understood. Everyone cannot learn it directly. It is like trying to reach the terrace without climbing any staircase. The terrace contains space. To reach that space high above, one has to climb a stairway, constructed in space. The worship of Bhairava in name and form is like climbing stairs.
Shiva says that for those whose intellect is not fully developed, the various names and forms of God are given, watching their tendencies. The names and forms can be fierce or loving images, just as harsh words are used at times to frighten children or the mother cajoling the child into a discipline with sweets. The name and form of idol worship is meant to coax the person to meditate on consciousness with an idol placed before him.
- (Picture: With village children at Ukhimath, Himalayas). - Swahilya Shambavi.
(Bhagavad Gita, Patanjali Yoga Sutra, Tirumandiram, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Friday, March 21, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Shiva begins with the description first of what is not the truth. "Devi, first know what is not the essence. It is like the magical web of Indra, like an illusory dream and a make-believe musical city created by the Gandharvas."
The non-essence that Shiva talks about here is the illusory presence of name and form in this world. Forms are illusion because they are composed of atoms, molecules, sub-atomic particles and quarks. These are composed of particles constantly spinning in space. These particles join together, emitting different wavelengths of energy patterns, creating an illusion of different objects such as trees, plants, animals, water, fire, air, earth and also human beings. These illusory, ever-changing forms are also given names which are an illusion too, like the different people and places we see in a dream. They are the magical web created by the mind which disappears when we wake up. What we hear as music is a temporary movement of sound wave particles in the field of consciousness. They too are now here and not there. Sakara here includes everything with a name and form - even the countless gods we worship - they are just transcient illusory images in consciousness, says Shiva. - Swahilya Shambhavi. (Maha Shivaratri, Bhagavad Gita, Patanjali Yoga Sutra, Himalayas, Satsang in Chicago, email@example.com)
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Sadhu Sadhu Twaya Prushtam Tantra Saaramidam Priye
Goohaneeyatamam Bhadre Tathapi Kathayamite
After hearing Parvati speak and ask questions, Shiva says, "Good, my beloved lady, What you have asked me is the essence of Tantra. I will now give you the most secret knowledge - auspicious one. I will tell you about the different forms of Bhairava," says Shiva.
Here the sharing of the highest wisdom of consciousness is happening between the lover and the beloved. This is the factor that makes the Vignana Bhairava Tantra accessible to all. Shiva is able to explain the nuances of experiencing consciousness through many ways, subtle, intricate and with innumerable methods for the understanding of people from all walks of life. He uses examples and instances from the experiences of different lifestyles of the householder, husband and wife.
Though the Tantra is open to everyone and consciousness resides in every being, knowledge of meditation bestows a certain energy and power to the individual who practices it. The power, if used unwisely, can cause harm, confusion or even bring destruction to oneself primarily and to others too. It is as dangerous as letting a child play with real guns!So the purity of the one who receives the knowledge is of utmost importance here. Purity here means, the use of the knowledge for one's own evolution, deeper into the self and not for any good or bad actions in the world. - Swahilya Shambhavi.
(Bhagavad Gita, Patanjali Yoga Sutra, Himalayas,
Nahi varna vibhedena Deha bhedene vaa bhaveth
Paratvam Nishkalatvena Sakalatvena Tadbhaveth
Prasadam Kuru Me Natha Nih Shesham Chindhi Samshayam
The param or quality of consciousness should be beyond the division of colour, of forms. The consciousness is indivisible and hence it cannot be the different parts of colours, forms and sounds, says Devi.
Thus describing all that she knows, of names, forms, sounds, energy and of the transcendence of consciousness, she appeals to Lord Shiva to bestow his grace and completely remove any doubts from her mind. The mind knows no rest until it knows the truth, nothing but the truth and the whole truth! - Swahilya Shambhavi.
(Patanjali Yoga Sutra, Bhagavad Gita, Himalayas, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Paraparayah Sakalam Aparayascha Va Punaha
Paraya Yadi Tadvatsyaat Parathwam Tad Virudhyate
While she questions Shiva of his reality, which is actually her reality and everyone else's too, it is also the technique of asking too many questions, marking the pros and cons. By generating a confusing bundle of thoughts, an experience of clarity is possible.
By Para, she means consciousness and apara means matter, form and name, the earth and all forms of manifested Universe. Her question her is, "Which is the truth - the form or the formless?" -
Nadabindumayam Vapi Kim Chandrardha Nirodhikaha
Chakrarudham Anachkam Va Kimva Shakthiswaroopakam
A letter is a combination of sound and silence. Same are all the names and forms we see. Parvathy wants to know if the eternal truth is in the form of letters, sounds and shapes. She asks if they are in the various major energy centres of the body, beginning from the tip of the spine to the top of the head, called by seven names as Muladhara, Swadhishtana, Manipura, Anahata, Vishuddhi, Agnya and Sahasrara.
Or is it through the form of pure energy that one realises your real form? Energy is a beautiful word to express that which cannot be seen, but simply experienced. We say a bubbly child is in a high state of energy. The energy of a big wave cannot be seen directly, but understood by observing the height, depth, volume and force with which it crashes on a rock. When you put on the switch, the light burns bright. You may be able to see the connecting wires, but not the electricity that causes the light to shine.
Devi asks if the truth can be realised by focussing on the sound and silence of the mantra, or by the sound that always exists in the heart beat or by focussing on the different energy centres of the body. - Swahilya Shambhavi.
(Bhagavad Gita and Patanjali Yoga Sutra. (email@example.com)
Kim Va Navathmabhedena Bhairave Bhairavakritau
Trishirobheda bhinnam va Kim va Shakthitrayathmakam
How can your reality be perceived? Parvathy asks Shiva if it can be known through the nine states of consciousness which include time, energy, name, knowledge, memory, sound, seed, wave or the individual soul or the nine forms of energy which include the energy of action, the energy of tranquility and space, the transcendent energy.
Or is it through knowing the three forms of energy flow in the body called the Ida - feminine, Pingala - masculine and Sushumna - the tranquil neutral force.
The whole existence and the individual can be described in just one way. There is pure consciousness to begin with, everywhere and passing through everything and which is beyond understanding by the mind. From the pure consciousness emerges the flow of thoughts, which is the energy of the mind. That creates the Universe at large and governs the functioning of each individual.
The questions raised by Parvathy does not mean that she is not aware of what the superconscious state of being is and she wants to know about it. It is like a drama in this context, where all the actors know the whole story. Yet they act out their part to keep the suspense alive for the audience. Deeper and deeper questioning can help to increase the clarity of understanding, at the end of which the truth reveals itself effortlessly.
(May visit for Bhagavad Gita and Patanjali Yoga Sutra- Swahilya Shambhavi (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Adyapi Na Nivruttome Samshayah Parameshwara
Kim Rupam Tahthwato Deva Shabdharashi Kalamayam
Even after hearing everything, my doubts are not dispelled. What is your real form, oh Divine one? Are you the energy contained in the sounds of all the letters?
Akshara is the letter which contains the energy. Sound is the first manifestation of energy in the field of consciousness. Parvathy's doubts about the true form of the essential truth is not cleared. Unless the experience of truth happens directly, the mind is never sure and does not rest, calm down or stop its search. Despite having an understanding in terms of knowledge, Parvathy's question canards to Shiva continue, on the name and form of the ultimate truth. - Swahilya Shambhavi. (Bhagavad Gita, Patanjali Yoga Sutra, Himalayas, email@example.com)
Tantra is the most misunderstood word today. What is believed to be some gimmicks performed in the name of black magic or witchcraft etc. is actually another word for Yoga, through expanding and liberating the mind. Tanotu - Trayate. What protects by expanding is called Tantra. It is a tool or a technique. Just as we say Chanakya Tantra, for the art of administration, Vignana BhairavaTantra is the art of meditation.
It is the science of Yoga that encompasses life around. It is the yoga that helps you to tune in to the day-to-day sights and sounds. It does not expect any solitary confinement to practice meditation, but shows the way for a life of meditation now and here - as you see the sky, the earth, the mountains and rivers, as you experience the different moments of joy and sorrow.
Shrutham Deva Maya Sarvam Rudrayamala Sambhavam
Trika Bhedamasheshena Sarathsara Vibhagashaha.
This whole exposition of the Tantra is written in the form of a conversation between Shiva and his wife, Parvathy. Just as Arjuna poses questions to Sri Krishna, Parvathy quizzes Shiva, the Master
She says that she has now listened to everything that has emerged from the Rudrayamala Tantra, the three divisions of energy as Iccha Shakthi - the energy of desire, Kriya Shakthi - the energy of application into action and Jnana Shakthi - the energy of knowledge. Also, she has learnt about the divisions of the several layers between matter and consciousness.
There is knowledge of meditation from the books we read and the talks we hear. But the knowledge needs the grace of the Guru to be assimilated into a personal experience. The Vignana Bhairava Tantra is the result of a similar experience with knowledge and the different ways of assimilating it. - Swahilya Shambhavi.
(You may wish to visit Bamboo Wisdom for a verse by verse commentary on the Bhagavad Gita and Aham for a series on the Patanjali Yoga Sutra. firstname.lastname@example.org)