This issue comes with six major topics –
- madhyAnikA pArAyaNam
- shrI cakrE lakshmi pUjA vidhAnam
- shrinagara vimarshanam (part 3) and varSha Rutu AvaraNam
- gAyatrI vidhAnam
- gOpAla sundarI vidhAnam
- vArAhI – upAsanA thoughts and poems
On continuation with our theme on tantrika sandhyA and then the prAtaH ParAyaNam, we have included the tatva pArAyaNa that is performed along with the mAdhyAnikA sandhyA. That said, it need not be tied together with the mAdhyAnika sandhyA and can be done immediately after the prAtah pArAyaNam‟s are complete. The tatva pArAyaNam, as explained in the previous issue, relied heavily on the dEvI ashTanga and hence understanding of the same is very important. Readers are encouraged to see the examples provided to determine the dina-nithya-vidyA codification for performing these pArAyaNas. The tatva pArAyaNa should not take more than 5 mins once brought into a daily routine.
Since varalakshmi vRatam falls in this month, my Gurupatni asked me to include the shrI cakra lakShmi pUja vidhAnam to aid the upAsakA‟s to perform this karma during the auspicious day. This karma is glorified in SrividhyArNava tantra and created by Shri ParashurAmA himself. The introduction and phalastuti from the tantra is included for the readers to understand the importance.
We have included Gayathri mantra japa karma in this issue along with the not sopopular shapa vimOcana mantras and the 24 gAyathri mudrAs in pictorial form. The gAyathrI AvaraNa pUjA and the ashtOttara have been included. The gAyatrI thirupugazh poems in Tamil are included as well. The picture of gAyathri in the tanjore style that is included in this issue was painted by me fifteen years ago.
Since gokulAshTami falls during this month, a rare japa karma and pUjA vidhAna of gOpAla sundari has been included. This is a unique tradition of worship where KrishnA is worshipped as gOpAla sundarI. The 18 letter Krishna mantra and 15 letter tripurasundarI mantra are combined together to form a 33 letter gOpAla sundarI mantra. There is also a tradition of using the bAlA bIjAkSharAs to form a 21 letter bAla gOpAla sundarI mantra. In Mannargudi, shrI rAjagOpAla swami is meditated as shrI vidhyA rAjagOpAlA and the diety is said to be installed upon the shrI chakra. In fact, during the brahmOtsavam days of this temple, the diety‟s alankAram will be of the form of madana gOpAla sundarI. This form of worship has been popularized by shrI leelAshukar in his kRushNa karNAmRutam. This mantra and vidhAnA are provided in manthramahoddhadhiH, purashcaryArNavaH, shrividhyArNavaH, and prapancasArasangrahA.
I would also like to take this opportunity to share another tradition of linking krishnA with kAli – there are various references in tantras that link the two. In fact, there is an entire section that equates each dasha mahA vidhyA with adashAvatArA. In addition, kRishNa janmAshtami is also celebrated as the kAla
rAtri by kAli upAsakAs. kAlI and kriShNa bIjA‟s are almost similar andkAli happens to be the kula dEvatA of krishNA.
There is a bengAli tradition where they believe that KrishnA gave darshan as kAlI to rAdhA and rAdhA performed puJA to kAlI form of krUshNA. Few south Indian traditions follow AshAda navaratri according to the tamil month “Adi” and since this is attributed to VarAhyambA, we have included vArAhi pancagam and a beautiful nakshatra mAlai (where each song will contain the name of the nakshatra in order) penned by Shri. Elandai. S. Ramasami. ShrI AtmAnandanAthA has provided a wonderful article “VArAhI – some thoughts” that covers some subtle meanings and meditative nature of vArAhI upAsanA. The beautiful photographs of vArAhyamba, laghu vArtAlyambA, svapna ArAhyambA, and tiraskaranyambA are included in this section.
I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to my Guru Dampatis, Shri AtmAnandanAthA (Ramesh Kutticad), and my father Shri. Elandai. S. Ramasami for taking the time and performing the tedious work of proof reading this magazine. It is because of them, several spell errors and procedural errors have been eliminated in this issue and this e-magazine has come out to be a worthwhile edition that can be used by the UpAsakA community.
Lalithai vEdam sarvam.
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