Sunday, April 10, 2011

Tantra in daily life (Part 4)

LORD SHIVAGods and Goddesses are characterized by specific 'tattva' (nature) exuded by Their respective forms. We pray to particular Gods in the forms of Maha Vishnu, Shiva, Subrahmanya etc., and Goddesses in the forms of Maha Lakshmi, Saraswathi, Durga, Kali, Annapoorna Devi, Kamakshi, Meenakshi, Visalakshi etc. because they are our family deities ("kula deivam"), or as a ritual to fulfill a certain religious commitment. Rarely it is also due to love for the deity.
By worshiping a particular deity over a significant amount of time, the 'tattva' of the deity is imbibed by the devotee as he is gradually able to create a fine thread of connection with the particular 'tattva'/nature or quality of the deity. Therefore the devotee is succesfully able to perceive the 'tattva' by sponging off the quality or nature of the deity through effective chanting of mantras or meditation on the chosen deity.
Here are a few 'tattvas' imparted by Gods and Goddesses ( material benefits are not mentioned here):-

Lord Maha Vishnu: Tranquilising, peaceful and coolness of mind.Chanting of Sri Vishnu Sahasranamam is the Maha Shanthi mantra which yields enormous peace and wisdom. This stotra, combined with Lakshmi Ashtotharam bestows great peace of mind, clarity of thought, elevation of mind and wisdom. Chanting of this Maha Shanthi mantra solves critical problems in life. When "Aapadudhdhdaaraka Stotra" is chanted after Sahasranamam, even the most critical health problems are solved. The essential 'tattva' one derives by chanting this stotra are wisdom, maturity and a peaceful demeanour. Worship of Maha Vishnu through Sri Vishnu Sahasranamam or Ashtaakshari (Om Namo Narayanaya) is highly suitable for hyper-active, highly strung,aggressive, nervous and sensitive people. Suited for people with high blood pressure.

Lord Rama: Willpower, mental strength and self confidence. Worship of Lord Rama enhances self-esteem, will power, strength of mind, ability to get rid of bad vices. The mere chanting of Rama nama yields astounding benefits. "Sri Rama" (Sri-yin, Rama-yang) balances the ida-pingala nadis in the body ensuring proper blood circulation and general good health.

The mela raga Hari Kambodhi is a Vishnu Tattva raga, extending to Rama Avathaara. "Rama Nannu Brovara", "Dinamani Vamsa", "Undedi Ramudu Okkadu", "Enthara", "Enduku Nirdaya"... etc. are vibrant krithis of Saint Thyagaraja providing deep insights into the majesty of Lord Vishnu and Rama Avathara. The rendition of these krithis are to be treated as meditation on Lord Vishnu/Rama for great spiritual elevation.

Lord Krishna:- Contentment. The Jagath Guru, Giver of Knowledge of the Ultimate Truth, He offers solace to the deprived. Srimad Bhagavatham is an ice pack for the agitated mind as Lord Krishna makes Himself felt through this grand scripture even in this day and age!!!!
Combined worship of Lord Krishna and Radha balances the yin and yang in oneself bringing about contentment and ending the search for temporary and worldly love. Quest for external love and companionship is discovered within through worship of Radha and Krishna. The worship of the Divine Lovers results in filling the void in the practitioner.

Raga Mohanam and Bilahari.

Lord Venkateswara/Balaji: Aptitude and attainment of high profile life, luxuries, material enjoyments and spiritual contentment.
The Sri Yantra, which is the yantra of Goddess Balatripurasundari was installed in the sanctum santorum of Lord Venkateswara Temple in Tirupathi. It is because of this "Bala Yantra" that the Lord is known by the name "Balaji!"

Raga Abheri and Surati.

Lord Shiva:- Spiritual bliss and detachment.
For people pursuing the spiritual path. Equanimity of mind.

Raga Panthuvarali, Hamsanandi and Kambodhi.

Lord Vighneswara::- Rejuvenation. Worship of "Muladhara Murthy" (One who resides in the muladhara chakra or base chakra) activates the chakra, removing blockages and rejuvenating the entire system. The practitioner is able to perceive a burst of energy within and the rush of adrenalin. Suitable for depressed, dispirited and weak people.

Raga Nata, Gowla, Hamsadhwani and Malahari.

Lord Subrahmanya:- Dynamism, optimism, outgoing and action-oriented.Worship of Lord Shanmukha is highly suitable for the pessimistic, shy and vulnerable lot. Worship of this God makes one assertive and bold in confrontational situations. Ideal for fighting court cases and defeating enemies.

Raga Shanmukhapriya.

Lord Anjaneya:-Fearlessness, courage and valour.Worship of Lord Hanuman is ideally suited for people wanting to get rid of their phobias. Also for people to come out of imprisonment, fighting critical situations and mental ailments such as schizophrenia, paranoia and hallucinations.

Raga Athana and Kanada.

(To be continued......)


Pri said...

Beautiful post. I am eagerly awaiting part 2. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Dear Gayathriji:

Thank you for sharing such wonderful information about deities. Very informative.


Mom15 said...

Very nice article! Eagerly waiting for the next part.

Sowjanya Veeramraju said...

Dear Gayathri garu,

Long waited article, I have been waiting for part 4. So much
Knowledge and command youhave on the subject.. I am a
Very big fan of you.. I have great intrest in spirutal and
Philosphical matters I always thrive to read and learn new things.
After reading your articles you bacame my role model.

Sowjanya Veeramraju.

రాజేష్ జి said...

$Gaayatri Ji
Excellent Post! Trying to grab inner meaning.

Thank you MUCH for sharing!

Meena said...

Dear Gayathri garu,
You are such a wonderful person sharing such invaluable information.....Links between ragas and deities....rarely heard details on made my day! I once heard about this Sri yantra installed in the Tirupathi temple, but found it hard to believe since I haven't heard about the same anywhere else....your post has confirmed what I heard.
Thank you, thank you, thank you :)
Looking forward for more....

Pam said...

Very informative post, Gayathri Madam! Hats off to you once more for sharing such knowledge!


Veenaagayathri said...

Thank you so much! Sowjanyagaru, I am touched by your sentiments about me, thank you!! Meena garu, I am happy to share whatever little I know, it increases my happiness by sharing, the pleasure is entirely mine!
Dear Ms.Padhma,Ms.Sreemathi, Sri.Rajesh, Mom15 and Ms.V.Priya, thank you so very much for your kind appreciation!

Classical Guy said...

Gayathri Akka,

This a wonderful post. The pictures that you post in the articles really shows the effort that goes in for drafting the same to perfection. I am learning a lot.


Veenaagayathri said...

My pleasure, thank you.

Ragavendran R said...

Wonderful series! I do wish to make an observation here, 'Worship of Lord Vishnu is highly......highly-aggressive....' I don't agree with this, there's no hard and fast rule on 'worldy people' worshipping Narayana and spiritual one's Shiva. Sri Thyagabrahmam, Sri Venkataramanaswamy, Sri Bodhendra Saraswathi, Sri Upanishad Brahmendra, Sri Narayana Teertha (all in the Smartha-Vaishnava tradition) were all great Hari bhaktas who attained Mukti. Ram Ram! Radhe Krishna!

Veenaagayathri said...

Ofcourse! Thank you for the appreciation!


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