IS SRI YANTRA THE REPRESENTATION OF ALL IN ONE & THE MOTHER OF ALL SECRETS;IS SRI YANTRA THE BEG
THE NINE ENCLOSURES OF SRI YANTRA;- The nine enclosures( avaranas) are again recognized as chakras said to be situated along the central channel or the Shushumna nadi.The nine enclosures that compose Sri Chakra are briefly as under. These are described in the order of absorption (Samhara-krama) according to Dakshinamurthy tradition. It starts with the outermost enclosure-Bhupura- and leads to Bindu , the central point. 1.First Enclosure– Bhupura 2. Second Enclosure– Shodasha dala padma 3. Third Enclosure –Ashta dala padma 4. Fourth Enclosure –Chaturdasha trikona 5. Fifth Enclosure –Bahir dasara 6. Sixth Enclosure–Antar dasara 7. Seventh Enclosure-Ashtara 8. Eight Enclosure–Trikona 9. Ninth Enclosure-Bindu MY PRAYER;- Before decoding the nine enclosures i submits my salutations to the Mother Goddess Kamalamba and prays for protection and guidance.She is the magnificent transcendental beauty without a parallel in three worlds (Tripura Sundari); the conqueror of three levels of existence; the presiding deity of Tripura and other chakras (Tripuraadi Chakreshvari); Kameshwari; the empress of Trailokyamohana Chakra (Trailokyamohana Chakravartini) of Bhupura (Kshithipura). She is the presiding deity of the chakra (Tripureshi); mother of Guruguha; and the enchanting beauty of all the three worlds (tripura Sundari).
I also submit my salutations to Anima and other Siddhi deities of the Avarana (Animaadi Siddhishvari); the Nitya Devis; the Yogini of the Avarana (PrakataYogini); and Maheshwari and other Matruka Devis.
Thus, along with the prayers, i will make effort to bring out the salient features of the Bhupura Chakra, the Earth principle,but i know she is beyond words/indescribable.That is why i bow my head and pray to forgive me.. ENCLOSURE ONE- BHUPURA;- 16 FACTS;- 1-Bhupura also called Trilokya mohana chakra (Deluder of the Realms) , is the four-sided enclosing wall. The three lokas being three levels of experience, attainments, obstructions and powers.They are also related to the body...mind complex of the devotee. 2-A tantra design is always enclosed within an outer wall serving as a protective cover. As the devotee enters into the Mandala he leaves behind the nomal woldly distractions and conflicts ; and emigrates into a world of symbols and vizualizations. A Mandala is thus a mansion of gods and goddesses , a symbol of a higher form of existence. 3-There are actually six gateways to the fort Sri Yantra, if we take a three-dimensional view of it; the four obvious gateways and those 'above' and 'below'. 4-The Eastern gate is the way of the mantras. 5-The Southern gate is the way of devotion or bhakti. 6-The Western gate is for the performance of rites and rituals, or karma-kanda. 7-The Northern gate is the way of wisdom, or Jnana. 8-The gate 'below' is the 'path of words' while the gate 'above' is the way or 'road of liberation'. These are located at the Southern and Northern gate, respectively, i.e. 'above' is north, 'below' is south. Each of these gates also stands for one of the six primary chakras in the body. 9-The Bhupura Chakra , the earth stretch , includes within its spacial scope the entire design even as the earth supports the entire existence.Bhupura is a Shiva aspect and is made up of three lines or ramparts(a defensive wall of a castle ). 10-The first(outermost) line is identified with the attainments of yoga powers called Siddhis.They are needed for self-protection along the inward journey. Such Siddhis are eight in number; and are attained consequent on gaining control over the elements and the mind. 11-The second or the middle line represents the powers of eight mother like divinities Mathrika who rule over emotions such as passionate longing(Brahmi ), violent anger(Maheshwari), avrice(kaumari) obstenecy/stubbornness.(Varahi) etc. 12-The third (inner) line of the square is identified with ten feminine deties , Mudra devathas, carrying seals of authority. The mudras are an approach to the divinities.These could be gross(sthula) being body postures and gestures by hand; subtle(sukshma) by way of seed-mantras; and para transcendental that is mental or intutional approach. 13-These three lines are also taken to represent the Mother goddess; the outermost line corresponds to her feet; the middle line to her thighs ; and the inner line to her knees 14-There are also three concentric circles(trivritta) representing three objectives of life: Dharma , Artha and Kama 15-The enclosure is Bhoopura and the Chakra is Trailokyamohana chakra ‘enchants the three worlds’. The yogini is Prakata;Mudra is Sarva Somkshibhni;Siddhi is Anima; and the mental state of the aspirant is Jagrata. 16-The presiding deity is Tripura . Her Vidya is Am Am Sauh.The gem is topaz. The time is 24 minutes and the Shaktis are 28 that include the ten starting with Anima, the eight starting with Brahmya and the ten Mudra Shaktis. 28 is the dominant number.This enclosures corresponds to the feet of the mother goddess. ENCLOSURE TWO- SIXTEEN PETALLED LOTUS (Shodasha dala padma) ;- 10 FACTS;- 1-The sixteen petalled lotus (shodasha dala padma) called sarva asha paripuraka chakra, the fulfiller of all desires, is the second enclosure. 2-In the sixteen petals, the sixteen vowels of Sanskrit alphabet is inscribed. These symbolize sixteen kalas or aspects or phases. They are also called nithyas and named Kamakarshini (fascinating the desires), Budhyakarshini (fascinating the intellect) etc. 3-These relate to powers in the Five Elements, the ten senses of perception or Indriyas (being further divided into five organs of action and five sense organs) and the Mind. 4-The significance of this enclosure is explained as self-protection (atma raksha) of the devotee. Since frustrated desire is the strongest obstacle to spiritual progress, the next stage is wisely concerned with satisfying them. Only he who has experienced can renounce. The values of virtue, wealth and pleasure are granted at this stage. 5-The craving desire, springs from discontent; and is quenched when discontent is eliminated. That is possible when devotee identifies himself with Shiva, ever complete and ever content. 6-This is achieved by the cultivation or strengthening of power over mind, ego, sound, touch, sight, taste, smell, intellect, steadiness, memory, name, growth, ethereal body, revivification, and physical body. 7-The avarana is Shodasa Dala, and the Chakra is Sarvasaparipuraka chakra ‘fulfils all expectations’; the yogini is Gupta Yogini; Mudra is Sarva Vidravini; the Siddhi is Laghima; and the mental state is Swapna. 8-The presiding deity is Tripureshi. Her vidya is Aim Klim Sauh.The gem is sapphire. The time is three hours. 9-The Shaktis are the sixteen starting with Kamakarshini. 16 is the dominant number. 10-This enclosure corresponds to the Savdhistana chakra of the mother goddess. ENCLOSURE THREE - EIGHT PETALLED LOTUS (Astha dala padma) ;- 06 FACTS;- 1- Eight petalled lotus (astha dala padma) called Sarva-samkhobhana –Chakra the agitator of all, is the third avarana. Each petal has a consonant inscribed within it that begins with ‘Ka‘ . 2-The petals represent eight divinities associated with erotic( tending to arouse excitement) urges ( lust), independent of physical body(Without body/ananga/Ananga means Name of Kamadeva).These relate to mental pleasures derived through five organs and through the modalities of mind: rejection(repulsion or withdrawal), acceptance (attention or attachment) and indifference(detachment). 3-This enclosure represents the last of the first group of the chakras that symbolizes emanation(Shrusti/a being which is a manifestation of God.). 4-The avarana is ashta dala; The Chakra is Sarva-samkshobana chakra ‘agitates all’. The Yogini is Gupta- Tara; Mudra is Sarvakarshini; the Siddhi is Mahima; and the mental state is Shushupti. 5-The Presiding deity is Tripura Sundari. Her vidya is Hrim Klim Sauh. The gem is cat’s eye. The time is day and night. The Shaktis are the eight starting with "Without body flower"(Ananga Kusuma). 8 is the dominant number. 6-This avarana corresponds to the navel region of mother goddess. ENCLOSURE FOUR - FOURTEEN TRIANGLES(Chaturdasha Trikona);- 09 FACTS;- 1-Fourteen triangles (chaturdasha trikona) called Sarva sowbhagya dayaka; the bestower of all prosperity is the fourth enclosure. This is in the form of a complex figure made up of fourteen triangles. The fourteen triangles are inscribed with fourteen consonants beginning with ka and ending with dha. 2-The fourteen corners represent fourteen powers of mother goddess. These are said to preside over fourteen principle channels of vital forces in human body (naadis) corresponding with fourteen powers Sarva -Samkshobhini and others. 3-They are also related to the seat of Shaktis who represent: the Mind (Manas), the Intellect (Buddhi), Being (Chitta), the Conscious Ego (Ahamkara) and the ten Indriyas. 4-This enclosure refers to the channels of life currents in the human body (prana) and their identity with the aspects of Sri Chakra. The explanation given in Tantra texts is that the breathing in human body is influenced by five elements present in the body; and in turn those five elements are influenced by the manner we breathe. 5-Normally, we breathe 360 times in a unit of time called 1 ghati(equivalent to 24 minutes). A day consists 60 such ghatis .One day is equal to 60 ghatis and each ghati is divisible into 60 palas or vighatis. Therefore, in a day (24 hours) we breathe 21,600 times. The collection of all breathes is mother goddess herself. This is called nadi-chakra, the organization of winds within the body. The distribution of breathes among the body centres are as follows:
CHAKRA >>>NUMBERS OF BREATHES>>> TIME TAKEN (Hrs-Mins-sec)
1-Muladhara >>>0,600 >>>00-40-00
2-Svadhistana >>>6,000 >>>06-40-00
3-Manipura>>> 6,000>>> 06-40-00
4-Anahata >>>6,000>>> 06-40-00
5-Vishuddha>>> 1,000>>> 01-06-40
6-Ajna >>>1,000>>> 01-06-40
7-Sahasrara >>>1,000>>> 01-06-40
TOTAL ;-21,600 24-00-00
6-The navel is the central point for distribution of all breathes and life forces moving along the channels. Normally breath alternates between the ida channel reaching the left nostril and pingala the channel reaching the right nostril. The former is moon principle and cools the body; and the latter is sun principle warms the body. The two meet at muladhara, close to kundalini. Around this central channel is a network of 72,000 channels of which the more important are the 14 mentioned here in this paragraph. These are referred also as 14 divinities. In this enclosure the number 14 is dominant.
7-Sri Chakra is also described as the diagrammatic representation of the cycle of time (kaala chakra) and of the chakras in human system.
8-The enclosure is Chaturdasara; the Chakra is Sarva soubhagya dayaka chakra, ‘grants excellence’. The Yogini is Sampradaya Yogini; the Mudra is Sarva Shankari; the Siddhi is Ishitva. The mental state is Iswara Vichara. The presiding deity is Tripura Vasini. Her vidya is Haim Hklim Hsauh.The gem is coral. The time is day and night.
9-The Shaktis are the fourteen starting with Samkshobhini.14 is the dominant
number.This enclosure corresponds to the heart of mother goddess.
ENCLOSURE FIVE - TEN SIDED FIGURE (Bahir-Dasara);-
1-Ten-sided figure (bahir-dasara) called Sarvartha Sadhaka chakra (accomplisher of all objects) consisting ten triangles, is the fifth enclosure . It is named “the outer ten cornered figure” (bahir dasara) in order to distinguish it from a similar figure enclosed within it.
2-The ten triangles in this enclosure house ten auspicious deties , such as Sarva siddhi prada, Sarva sampath prada, Sarva priyamkari, Sarva mangala karini and so on. The five of the triangles are inscribed with consonants beginning with Ka; and the other five triangles are inscribed with consonants beginning with Cha.. 3-These represent ten powers of mother goddess who presides over ten vital forces pranas active in the body. The idea of the winds or vital currents is fundamental to the concept of channels. 4-The vital currents are divided into two groups: prana- panchaka and naga-panchaka. The first group consist: prana, apana, vyana, udana and samana vayus. These are responsible for body functions such as respiration, blood circulation, digestion, voice and separation of nutrients from food etc. 5-The second group consists vital currents such as naga, kurma, krkara, devadatta and dhananjaya. These are involved in body movement like belching, yawning movement of eyelids, causing various sounds in the body. The Dhanajaya vayu, it is said, is the last to leave the body at its death. In this enclosure the number ten is dominant. 6-The enclosure( Avarana )is Bahirdasara; the Chakra is Sarv-arthasadhaka-chakra, the ‘accomplisher of all’. The Yogini is Kulotteerna yogini;; the Mudra is Sarvonmadini; and the Siddhi is Vashitva.The presiding deity is Tripura Shri. Her vidya is is Haim Hklim Hsauh.The gem is pearl. The time is lunar day. 7-The Shaktis are the ten starting with Sarva Siddhi Prada.10 is the dominant number.This enclosure corresponds to the neck of mother goddess. ENCLOSURE SIX -TEN SIDED FIGURE (Antar -Dasara);- 06 FACTS;- 1- Ten sided figure (antar dasara) called Sarva raksha karaka (one that protects all) consisting ten triangles is the sixth enclosure . It is named antar dasara, the inner ten cornered figure, since it is placed within a similar ten cornered figure . 2-The ten triangles are inscribed with ten consonants beginning with the five of Tha and the five of Tta group. They represent the powers of the mother goddess who presides over ten vital fires (vanyaha). 3-These represent the ten specific fires within the body; being the fire of purgation (Rechak), digestion (Pachak), absorption (Shoshak), burning (Dahak), the secretion of enzymes (Plavak), acidification (Ksharak), to take out or excrete (Uddharak), the fires of pessimism and frustration (Kshobhak), the fire of assimilation (Jrambhak) and creating lustre (Mohak). 4-This enclosure is the third of the second group of chakras representing Preservation. The advent of inner realization begins here. The significance of this enclosure is explained as protection from all obstacles. The devotee distances himself from all that hinders his spiritual progress; and he begins to develop an awareness he is Shiva ( the consciousness). 5-The Avarana is Antardasara; the Chakra is Sarv-Araksakara chakra ‘protects all’. The Yogini is Nigarbha Yogini; the Mudra is Sarva mahankusha; and the Siddhi is Prakamya. The mental state is Upadesa. The presiding deity is Tripura Malini. Her vidya is Hrim Klim Blem.The gem is emerald. 6-The time is Lunar Fortnight. The Shaktis are the ten starting with Sarvagnya.10 is the dominant number.This enclosure corresponds to the middle of the eyebrows (bhrukuti) of the mother goddess. ENCLOSURE SEVEN- EIGHT-CORNERED FIGURE (Ashtara) ;- 05 FACTS;- 1-Eight-cornered figure (ashtara) called Sarva roga hara (the remover of all deceases) is the seventh enclosure . In the eight triangles formed by this figure, eight divinities presiding over speech reside. Between them they cover all the alphabets in Sanskrit grammar. 2-These shakthis also rule over contradictions in life (downwards ) such as cold(water) and heat(fire); happiness(air) and sorrow( earth); as also the Desire(akasha-space) and the three gunas of Sattvas (consciousness), Rajas(ego) and Tamas(mind). 3-The significance of this enclosure is its power to eradicate the most basic disease viz. involvement with impure, fleeting existence that is laden with stress. The blessed state is attained when the distinctions between the subject, the object and transactions between them are dissolved. 4-The avarana is asthakona; the Chakra is Sarvarogahara chakra ‘cures all ills’. The Yogini is Rahasya Yogini; the Mudra is sarva khechari; and the Siddhi is Bhukthi. The mental state is Manana. The presiding deity is Tripura Siddha. Her vidya is is Hrim Shrim Sauh.The gem is diamond (Vajra).The time is Lunar month. 5-The Shaktis are the eight, starting with Vashini. 8 is the dominant number.This enclosure corresponds to the forehead (lalata) of the mother goddess. WHAT ARE THE FOUR WEAPONS OF MA TRIPURA;- In between the mandalas of eight triangles and the central triangles are the four weapons ;flowery bow, flowery arrows, noose (pasha) and goad (ankusha). They are red in colour. They are the weapons of both the mother goddess as Kameshwari and also of Shiva as Kameshwara. ENCLOSURE SEVEN- THE PRIMARY TRIANGLE(Apex Downward ) 07 FACTS;- 1-The primary triangle with its apex downward (East) and coloured white (Sattva) surrounding immediately around the central point, Bindu, is the eighth enclosure. It is called Sarva Siddhi prada chakra, the one that bestows all accomplishment. 2-This triangle does not intersect with other triangles; and stands independent. It is Kama Kala. It is feminine in its aspect; and represents three fundamental manifestations of the mother goddess: Kameshwari (symbolizing moon – creation); Vajreshwari (symbolizing sun- preservation); and Bhagamalini (symbolizing fire -dissolution). 3-The three angles of the triangle also represent three forms of speech: Pashyanthi, Madhyama and Vaikhari. The triangle is therefore the speech aspect Vak Bhava. 4-It also represents the three powers of iccha (will) , jnana (knowledge) and kriya(activity).The three corners of the triangle stand for three peaks(kuta) of the fifteen-lettered mantra; or as three dimensions of all existence. The triangle itself is regarded the abode of the mother goddess (kama-kala). 5-The enclosure is Trikona; the Chakra is Sarva-siddhi-prada chakra, ‘grants all attainments’. The Yogini is Athi Rahasya Yogini; the Mudra is Sarva Beeja; and the Siddhi is Iccha. The mental state is Nitidhyasana. 6-The presiding deity is Tripuraamba. Her vidya is is Hsraim Hsrklim Hsrsauh..The gem is Gomaya .The time is a ritu- two months. The Shaktis are the three starting with Kameshwari. (4+3=7) is the dominant number. 7-This enclosure corresponds to the top of the head (masthka) of the mother goddess. ENCLOSURE NINE -THE CENTRAL POINT/ BINDU;- 11 FACTS;- 1-The ninth enclosure is strictly not an enclosure. It is the central dimensionless point, the Bindu. It is called Sarvananda-maya chakra, the supremely blissful one. It is independent of the intersecting triangles. It is coloured red. This, in a temple, would be the sanctum sanctorum, with all the other circles or enclosures representing various parts of the temple as we move inwards. 2-It is this Bindu that is in reality the Sri Chakra; it represents the mother goddess Maha Tripura Sundari, Lalitha or Rajarajeshwari herself; and everything else is a manifestation of her aspects. 3-The goddess is nothing other than the devotees own self. The self here does not refer to jiva, engaged in organizing the body, mind and senses. The self here refers to individual consciousness (buddhi) which is beyond the body-mind complex. It is filled with all bliss (sarv-ananda maya). 4-This constant, abundant bliss is the expression of the union of Shiva (consciousness) and Shakthi (power of deliberation Vimarsha). It is the very basis of existence. It is called beautiful, sundara, in this sense. It is in this sense the supreme mother goddess is called Maha Tripurasundari. 5-The significance of this enclosure is the complete harmony (samarasya) of principles of pure consciousness (Shiva) and the principle of energy as deliberation (vimarsha shakthi). 6-It signifies a state of non-duality, where all tendencies of approach and withdrawal become nonexistent, dissolve in a state in which the devotee ultimately rests. Bliss, in Tantra, is explained as resting in oneself (Svarupa pratishta). 7-There is also a school which propounds that the central point is composed of three dots or drops(Bindu traya) representing three fires: Moon(soma);Sun(surya); and Fire(Agni). 8-The top dot symbolizes the head of the deity; and the pair of dots at the bottom symbolize the breasts of the Mother. It is explained that the central point expanding into the three is an act of swelling ; and that is how the central point becomes the primary triangle in Sri Chakra. 9-The enclosure is the Bindu and the Chakra is Sarvanandamaya chakra, ‘replete with bliss’. The yogini is parathi para Rahasya; the Mudra is sarva yoni; and the Siddhi is Prapthi. The mental state is Savikalpa Samadhi. 10-The presiding deity is her Transcendent Majesty Lalita Maheshvari Mahatripurasundari. Her vidya is Kamaraja vidya: ka e i la hrim ha sa ka ha la hrim sa ka la hrim, plus a secret 16th syllable. The gem is ruby. The time is year.
11-The Shakti is Maha Tripura Sundari the personification of Brahman. This enclosure corresponds to Brahma-randra on the top of the head of the mother goddess. SRI YANTRA IN NUTSHELL;- 10 FACTS;- 1-Travelling from the outer periphery wall to the inner bindu is an ascent through various levels of consciousness and mystical significance, overcoming myriad obstacles of conditioning and fears along the way. 2-As he proceeds inward from the outermost enclosure the devotee’s thoughts are gradually refined; and the association of ideas is gradually freed from the constraints of conventional reality. 3-The Devi is felt or visualized in his heart and then drawn out through the breath and installed in the yantra. She is then worshipped as actually residing there. The true home of Devi is however in his heart .The devotee identifies himself with the Devi and goes through the worship guided by the symbolism. 4-Whatever be the details, the symbolism involved is important in the external worship (baahya pooja); and more so in internal worship ( Antahpooja- contemplation on the import of the chakra). 5-In baahya pooja, the sadhaka or the practitioner worships the deity with a feeling that he and the Goddess are two different entities ; and , for fulfilling a desire or kaamya-saadhana . The Antahpooja is sublime seeking identity with the Goddess. 6-Sri Chakra is also a construct of space and time, just as the universe is a space time continuum. The way of the universe is continuous and constant change. That change, in a relative existence, is measured by the phases of moon. 7-Mother goddess is the principle of time; she is kala or nitya. The Sri Chakra also puts forth the interdependence of time and space. The devotee views the evolution of the universe as the unfolding of a changeless reality of Mother Goddess. 8-The Sri Chakra represents the interplay of the purusha and prakriti; the universe and its energy. The union of the Devi (energy) and Shiva (consciousness) worshipped in Sri Chakra is the universe and its evolution. 9-The universe is thus stylized(depict) into a pattern of energies, symbolized by the patterns and layout of Sri Chakra. It provides a model to the individual for transformation. 10-The consciousness of the individual finds in it an articulation; and the model helps in breaking the barriers of subjective feelings and limitations of the objective world. The devotee identifies that his body is the Sri Chakra or the universe in epitome; and that The Yantra too is the Devi. The aim is to realize that oneness, the bliss of pure consciousness.