ka ae eela hreem hasa kahala hreem sakala hreem

ka ae eela hreem hasa kahala hreem sakala hreem
Those devoted to illusion enter blind darkness. Into greater darkness enter those who are solely attached to knowledge.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Sri Vidya- very basic intro


Srividya is very ancient school of Goddess-centered Shakta worship where the primal force or sakthi which empowers the Shiva in otherwise samadhi form is worshipped through :

1. mantra
2. yantra; and
3. tantra.

Mantra- Here various sounds are arranged in specific order, chanting of which induces the oneness to whichever form including that of a yantra which is being worshipped.

Yantra is the symbolic diagram of shiva sakthi yogam which is used as a tool or machine.
Sriyantra consists of basically 4 upward triangles and 5 downward triangles forming 43 triangles in all and some symbolic shapes around it.

Tantra is simply put, the practise of mantra to use the yantra.
It is the utilization of the faculty to pursue the objective using mantra and yantra.

Srividya creates a systematic, esoteric discipline combining elements of the yogas of knowledge, of devotion, and of ritual. In the Shakta form of worship, Srividyopasana (i.e., the pursuit of enlightenment via Srividya) is considered the pinnacle of achievement.
If the aspirant is initiated properly, it is the ultimate path, because it gives you the experience of union with the Universe, the Cosmos.

And within Srividyopasana there are stages of practice - from simple recitation of mantras to long and ritually complex mediations.

For starters there is Lalita sahasranama where the essence of Srividya is subtly incorporated.
Anyone who has gone through lalita sahasranama would have seen the slightest explanation of movement of Kundalini shakthi through the various chakras.
And, modern science is now coming to understand how these energy centres are intimately related to most sophisticated glands like the pineal gland.

Various mahatapaswis before and after Adi Sankara have given their contributions in explaining this supreme Vidya. In the 32nd sloka of Soundarya lahari, the mantras and yantra formations are comprehensively expressed.

There are many paths of sadhana within Srividya. Only some are suitable for some.
Which is right for a given aspirant depends not only on one's level of spiritual development, but also upon one's circumstances.
But it can be stated that Samayachara is safer than Vama and Kaula margas because of the complexities involved.

All mantras cannot be recited by all people as there are compatibility issues. The only people who are entitled to recite any mantra is a Sri Vidya Upasaka.
There are some mantras that are not compatible for some, so the person who gives should know what is compatible and what is not, for the one who is receiving it.Only someone who is CHOSEN by Devi gets Sri Vidya. It is said you do not choose Sri Vidya but Sri Vidya chooses you.

Depending on the Samskara, capacity, tradition etc of the sadhaka, Tantra Shastra prescribes various ways of worship of the same Parabrahman. The various deities worshipped in Srichakra as tutelary deities to Mahatripurasundari. The main upAsyAs worshipped are: Kali, Tara, Shodashi, Bhuvaneshwari, Chinnamasta, Bhairavi, Bagalamukhi, Matangi and Kamala with their respective Shiva-s or Mithunas being Mahakala, Akshobhya, Panchavaktra, Kameshwara, Tryambaka, Kabandha, Dakshinamurti, Maharudra, Matanga and Sadashiva or Mahavishnu. Dhumavathi is a widow without a Purusha Mithuna. Other than these Mahavidya Goddesses, Navadurgas, Kaamakhya and others in the fifty-one Shakti-Peethas, Mahalakshmi-Mahasaraswathi-Mahakali are all indeed forms of the same great mother Mahatripurasundari. Each Vidya has its own Rishi, Nyasa, Devata, meditation form, mantra, Yantra, Aavarana, Sadhana, Kavacha, Hridaya, Sahasranama etc.

The great galaxy of Devi worshippers includes Devas and seers- among who are the celebrated are Manu, Chandra, Kubera, Manmatha, Lopamudra, Sage Agastya, Skanda, Dattatreya, Indra and sage Durvasa.Some texts also mention Nandikeshwara, Surya, Yama, Shankara and Vishnu as well. Each of them has propagated their own schools regarding the worship methodology and significance of Srichakra and also the pattern of Srividya Mahamantra.

The two most prominent schools of Srividya are Kadi Vidya which traces back to Manmatha and Hadi Vidya, with Sri Lopamudra as its propagator.
1. Kaadi vidya - Kali krama or Samayamata or Kundalini yoga.
2. Haadi Vidya - Sundari krama or Hamsavidya or Kaulamata.

No doubt, SriVidya is one of the most powerful vidyas, but it is not for the ones who take upasana casually. It needs tremendous discipline and devotion.
But, the ones who practice Srividya ardently will vouch for it, Mahatripurasundari or Lalita or Para sakthi, whatever name you call Her, is the most benevolent one. She rains amritam on your yearning soul.


  1. Sir, I have the sri chakra yantra and meru in the pooja room. On thursdays I do an abishekam of water and milk, apply kungumam and pray. Is this ok or is it better to do this on fridays? Please advise
    thank you

    1. thursday is ok..though friday is considered more special..
      the more..the better..with layam....ie with connect...

  2. Sir, I heard about the Sri Vidya Upasana about 1 month ago.. But incidently i read your article about Sri Vidya Upasana on Kalabhacharthu, and now i fortunately visited your blog... My question is, Is there any Gurus were teaching Sri Vidya Upasana? What are the basic eligibilities to study it?

    1. namaste.
      it will not be right on my part to suggest any guru but try googling Sri M or devipuram..u may get a few leads...gud luck

  3. Respected Sir, Is there any way to decipher from a horoscope if the individual is eligible for srividya upasana in this janma. Please advice.

    1. upasana can be seen from the general spiritual nature of the chart vis a vis the dharma moksha rasis, and how all the planets are inclined.
      1, 5, 9 houses should be studied in detail for upasana. when there is a beneficial influence of chandra and shukra in 1, 5 or 9, the chances are higher.