The Master takes us to his Tapobhoomi

Beautiful 3 days spent in the land of Rajasthan with the Master.  Every nook and corner we travelled in Lalsot had posters of the shivir at every locations including taxis and markets. One thing i was surprised with was the heights of hospitality in a world where one thinks of so many excuses or shrinks away to even offer someone a glass of water or tea and here are the Rajasthanis, who go beyond anything to serve their guests. All the while i was thinking that the home next to the venue, where we ate food, was a place arranged by people for us as done in other locations we travel to. To my surprise while we sat on the ground and ate our food in the huge compound of this home, i saw many new people walking into this compound inside which sat ladies of the house making rotis. When people walked in, they were asked to sit, paper plates were laid and food was served immediately. The lady making rotis asked all those seated continuously whether they wanted rotis. If it was a yes, she would

Baba ji's Navratra Message

by Shiv Yog Foundation (facebook)

True knowledge of the Infinite and wisdom of the Absolute can only be received by the Guru, and for the disciple to get that, he must bow at the Guru’s holy feet. It is comparable with a stream of water which flows from top to bottom. Thus, only when you are ready to receive can you be given what you deserve.

The sacrosanct Durga saptshati is neither a ‘Puran’ nor a ‘Shastra’. It is the direct grace of goddess Bhagvati. it is the seed (base) of all Vedas . And for the Devi Upasaks, Ma has given this power and this knowledge in the form of Durga Saptshati. Since times immemorial, it has been said that this knowledge is locked (keelit gyan).  People think the power of the mantra is locked. Both the affirmations are correct in their own right but the actual truth is that in it lie, in a veil of secrecy, the secrets of Devi  and the secrets of the whole universe . And till the time someone does not meditate on Devi,  these  secrets remain hidden.

Having said that, the power to unlock the infinite secrets of Durga Saptshati  is vested only in the divine troika of Ma Kali, Ma Saraswati and Ma Lakshmi.
The sadhak by remaining connected to the goddess and undertaking a sustained effort to follow in his Guru’s footsteps becomes eventually successful in pacifying the Shakti. And when the goddess is made happy,  She showers unbridled grace on the sadhak .

The nine days of Navratras are the most crucial for a Devi sadhak.  Nine is the ultimate number after which there is “Parbrahm”.

A sincere sadhak, meditating the whole year, day in and day out is given the chance to attain this Parbrahm (final ascension) in these 9 days. These nine days of contemplation encompass the sadhna of the Nau durga (nine forms of Godess Durga).

||प्रथमम शैलपुत्री च……

……….नौमम सीधीदात्री च ||

Prathamam Shailputri cha

Naumam sidhi datri cha

(She who gives enlightenment)

Each of the nine days constitutes the sadhna of one goddess. As we pray, ascension occurs in ourselves.

Rational and scientific minds believe themselves to be a reservoir of knowledge. There is no lack of “knowledgeable” people in the world.  It is interesting to note however that everybody has the outer knowledge and ironically they proclaim themselves to be literates or gyani. In reality, this make belief knowledge and definition of literacy is just an illusion. The real knowledge is attained when the person surrenders to the Divine Mother. It is then only that the outer and the inner knowledge awakens.

That’s what Maharshi Sumedha explained in Durga Saptshati. The truism that the whole world is in a perpetual  state of sleep and everyone is  just dreaming. Everybody is under the influence of maya (play of the senses) of Bhagvati Yogmaya . The inner knowledge is missing in all. Only the outer expression , the inanimate knowledge is what  everybody is having .

Saptshati narrates the tale of a king who lost his kingdom and a rich merchant who was thrown out of his house by his wife and son. They both were experiencing the peak of sorrow. This  is symbolic of the fact that anybody who loses things becomes sad. The reality is that this pain and sorrow is the outcome of outer knowledge with the inner knowledge clearly missing .

But how the inner knowledge would awaken? Sumedha Maharshi  said, “Anybody who surrenders to the Mother begins his/her their inner journey .”

Then he taught the duo, secrets of Durga Saptshati and as they were learning, their level of consciousness kept on growing.

The first day of Navratras is the sadhna of the Mooladhar . The presiding goddess of the day being Ma ShaIlputri. The second day ruled by Ma Brahmcharini includes the sadhna of Swaddhistan, The third day is the sadhna of Manipura. The ruling Goddess is  Ma Chandraghanta. The fourth day is the sadhna of Anahta.  Ma khusmanda is the presiding Goddess for the day.  The fifth day of Ma Skandmata is the sadhna of Vishudhi . The sixth day is the sadhna of ajna. Day is governed by Ma Katyani , (Ma Katyani is the form of Mahishasurmardini  who has 3 forms—18 handed 16 handed or 10 handed.  Ma Katyani is the ten handed form.

Every age saw the birth of Mahishasur and it was this Shaktis which killed the demons.

The seventh day of the Navratras is the most important one too. We call it the Saptami.  Kalratri sadhna of the Sahastrasar chakra is done on this day. The eighth day is the sadhna of Maha gauri ,the sadhna of Higher Consciousness merging into Absolute Shiva. Lastly, Navmi is the sadhna of the attainment of the supreme Godesss Siddhidatri .

Doing Shakti sadhna is thus the outer knowledge being replaced by the inner knowledge. And the Truth is the inner knowledge. The king had the outer knowledge of his lost kingdom, his palace and his wealth, hence he was suffering. The merchant had the outer knowledge of his family, his wealth. Even after being thrown out he was attached to the family, the illusion.

And when Sumedha Maharshi gave this wisdom of the Durga Saptshati ,he taught them the sacred Shivyog Shakti sadhna and this is what unfolds when you do Shakti sadhna -- the awakened inner knowledge turns into Wisdom , the Wisdom in turn turns into God Consciousness which is the state of Aham Bramasami.

And that’s what they both understood through the grace of their Guru. The king got his kingdom back and the rich merchant attained self realization as desired by him . So what Saptshati indicates is that no matter what misery a person is in, if he moves on the path of Shiv Yog shakti sadhna, which Babaji is teaching, he/she can easily break all the karmic barriers and attain the ultimate success -- the success of God realization .

We all are very blessed that Baba ji is unfolding Durga Saptshati. In other words, it means he is unveiling the secrets of Shakti sadhna.
 At the same time, Baba ji is teaching us the most sacred Beej mantras of Chandi path in which every shloka is full of Shakti and the source of all the Shakti in the shloka  is the Beej mantra .The shakti is hidden in a whopping 700 beej mantras of the complete Durga Saptashati !

The shakti sadhna has to be through initiation ie Guru diksha  and the provision for this great deeksha our loving Guru has already created . The shaktipat is given by:

  • Touching the worthy disciple
  • The eyes of the Guru
  • The voice
  • The Sankalp Shakti
All the sadhaks are receiving the Shaktipat of Durga Sapthshati from Baba ji through voice and sankalpa.
You are the chosen one. You are the one selected by the universe to ascend. That’s why you are chosen to receive the most divine and sacred initiation.
Please make use of these Navratras. Change your life and it can be vouched for that during these nine days, divine miracles are bound to happen in your life. Let the grace of Shiva and the Guru be showered in your life which will be amd should be full of pure intentions, full of pure divinity and full of the cosmic light.

Divinity loves you. The universe wants the best for you.

Hence, this Navratras every Shiv yog sadhak must:

  • Connect to the Goddess to achieve this infinite grace.
  • Have Satvik bhojan (try to have as much raw food as possible )
  • Practice the Saptshati taught by Baba ji in the morning and evening. This will open the gateway of great prosperity abundance and health in your life.
  • Connect to the One who loves him the most -- his Guru by chanting the following mantra 11 times before and after the Saptashati path:
 ‘om  jum sa baba anahat chakra pallaya pallaya sa jum om’
|| ऊँ जूम सः बाबा आनाहत चक्र पालय पालय सः जूम ऊँ ||


Experience the great healing and bliss that will begin to flow.

Lots of blessings from Babaji and Ma
Namah shivay
Ishan Shivanand


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