Shri Chakreshwara and Saundarya Lahiri
*Dr Chaman Lal Raina
The Saundarya Lahiri is the poetic expression of the Shri Chakra. It touches every level of existence and evolution in the inner recesses of one's heart, who understands the beauty of Divine. Always that nameless is given he name of Matri mayi Devi, Amba, Ambhka, etc. to the Divine Mother, the very source of all the Devatas.
The Saundarya Lahiri is the magnum-opus about the Shakti-- tradition of Indian spiritual philosophy, authored by Adi-Shankara, the great Commentator of the Brahma Sutra. Saundarya Lahiri is the synthesis of Kashmir Agamas and the Southern thought of the Divine mother, revered as Shri Lalita. A realization about the ‘Motherhood of God’ is vivid in the Saundarya-Lahiri. Absolute is not abstract alone, it is both static and dynamic. It is ‘Poorna’- the complete and whole. The word 'Saundarya' means aesthetic and Lahiri means wavelet. Therefore, the word Saundarya Lahiri means---- Wavelets of the Divine Beauty.
The Divine mother with thousands of epithets,is complete and whole.The ‘Poorna’ is the attribute of the Mother-creatrix which resembles the full moon in the manifest cosmos, as adored in the Lalita Sahsranama. She is PoorNaand PoorNeshvari. The ‘Poorna’ is be adored, seen and understood is its full bloom. That is why the ‘Poorna-Prakrti’ is adored in the Shakta Sahsranamas of Kashmir as well.
ATHI PHOL is purely Kashmiri concept. A clear view is seen in the Bhawani, Shri Ragnya, Shri Jwala, Shri Tripura- Sundari Sahsranamas of Kashmir. Tripura-Sundari is the central nerve of the Divine force of the manifestation in purest form of beauty in existence and in transcendence.
PARAM SUNDARYAI SHRI RAAGNYAI NAMAH and
are the sacred adorations to the Divine Mother, evolved by our great saints of Kashmir.
Adi Shankara has developed this ‘Lahiri- Wavelet’ in the aesthetic form to be adored by the devotees, after visiting Kashmir. Saundarya is apparent in manifestiation but hidden in the Yoga. Many translations and commentaries have been written and authored by the devotees, till this date on this wonderful devotional text of Adi Shankara. It has great appeal in the minds of the Shakta devotees. Fine expressions of adorations are found in this sacred text. The Murti of Devis have been inflienced by the Saundarya Lahiri, and the art work related to spirituality isalso seen to be influenced by the miniature and other paintings of Kashmir. Kashmir has been gifted with the Saints and Sages, Yogis and poets, philosophers and literary critics but the central theme of all such works is in the recognition of Self- known as the Pratybignya of the Kashmir Trika Philosophy.
Swami Ram Ji the Great Shaiva Acharya, would teach the Saundarya Lahiri and the Panchastavi in his Ashram at Fateh Kadal, known as the Trika Ashram of Kashmir.The hidden centresof celestial force open like divine flames to reach to the heavenly spheres,while listening to the mystic experience of that great saint of Kashmir. Saundarya Lahiri teaches the beauty of Shri Chakra , through the Oneness of Shiva and Shakti.
" Vidya Samasta Tavadevi bhedah
O Devi! All the branches of knowledge are your aspects,so are all women in the world.O Ambika--the universal Mother,by You alone this universe is enveloped by Thine grace! What praise thus can be for you in the nature of being of Para Vak --the transcendental speech and beyond the words of Stuti/ laudation.
Shri Chakra is Shri YANTRA
We are blessed that we have the SVAYAMBHU CHAKRESHWAR at the Hari Parbat.
The Shloka reads as ;
The translation runs as:
(Zageshwara is the Apbramsha of Jagriteshwara--the living presence of the Divine)
Seers attributed names and forms to these cosmic forces, and gave them specific traits as aspects of divinity through concepts. They visualized them through the concepts of Bindu or the dot, Trikona or the triangle, Vritta or the circle, Bhupura or the doorway, Padma --the lotus petals or the Kundalini symbols representing Shiva-Shakti. The different devtas and devis, male and female deities, were allotted their Vahanas or the vehicles in the form of animals and birds giving definite meanings to their symbology.
Shri Chakra priya bindu tarpana para Shri Rajrajeshwari
Shri Chakra happens to be the Priya bindu, eternally pleasing Shiva absorbing in it s mystic diagram. Shri Rajrajeshwari, the supreme sovereign mother creatrix who is Tarpana para is transcendental in pleasing nature. Bindu represents the dot of our consciousness which gets materialized through Saguna-sadhana of Shri Sharika manifest in the Chakreshwara. The lines of this are the 'wave beats' of the divine and every triangle, lotus petal and circle is the abode of Varnamala (the alphabet) or Matrikas. Matrikas are worshipped at the time of jatakarma, devaguna and Shakta rituals related to homas of Shri Jwala, Sharika, Rajnya, Bala, Bhadrakali and Tripura Sundari.
|*Dr. Chaman Lal Raina
(Paintings by Chaman Lal Raina)
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It needs a Hindi translation,as well
Added By Abhinav Raina