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Soundarya Lahari is a powerful divine prayer composed by Adi Shankara to express his devotion, faith and beauty of the supreme force, Goddess Lalitha. She is a personification of true Brahman. The beautiful goddess is worshipped by using mystical diagrams, the yantra and powerful mantras and rituals. Soundarya Lahari is a very significant hymn of 103 verses divided into Ananda Lahari and Soundarya Lahari that is recited following the system of Sri Vidya sadhana. Each and every verse or shloka is extremely powerful as it has profound tantric meanings and influence on the practitioner. Each shloka has its own yantra or mystical diagram in which the powers of the Goddess Lalitha are invoked by a well-versed priest.
Also, a specific method of chanting is followed along with offerings to please the Mother to achieve a specific goal as described in the Scriptures. The Sri Vidya method of worship follow the construction of Sri Chakra diagram, kundalini yoga and mantras that also includes a powerful 15-syllable mantra of the Mother called panchadshakshari mantra. This great work of Adi Shankara the Soundarya Lahari in itself is a form of Devi, the ultimate reality who has many attributes like beauty, power, guidance, knowledge and so on. While it delves into the extrinsic aspects of the goddess beauty, it also lays emphasis on her intrinsic special powers that are subtle and transcendental in nature.
The Sri Chakra is the divine abode of 108 presiding female deities. It represents the deities in many forms. It is described in terms of its four Srikantha (upward pointing) triangles and five downward pointing triangles called shivayuvati which conjoin and create 43 triangles. It describes her beauty and grace that are unparalleled even as the Trimurti Devis, female goddesses and great poets are unable to attain Lord Shiva like Devi does. Be it the aged, disabled or a man belonging to both sexes (transgender) can be trapped by even a side glance from Shakti. From head to foot, the Devi radiates with immense power and her abode is above the magnificent rays of Sun, Moon or Agni Kanda.
Prapañchaṃ Siñchantī Punarapi Rasāmnāyamahasaḥ /
Avāpya Svāṃ Bhūmiṃ Bhujaganibhamadhyuṣṭavalayaṃ
Svamātmānaṃ Kṛtvā Svapiṣi Kulakuṇḍē Kuhariṇi //
Significance – Mother signifies Kundalini that rises from the mooladhara chakra, activates all the other five chakras of the body reaching the Sahasrara where she unites with Lord Shiva. For a sadhaka, the kundalini awakening grants fearlessness, peace and dispassion.
Chaturbhiḥ Śrīkaṇṭhaiḥ Śivayuvatibhiḥ Pañchabhirapi
Prabhinnābhiḥ Śambhōrnavabhirapi Mūlaprakṛtibhiḥ /
Trirēkhābhiḥ Sārdhaṃ Tava Śaraṇakōṇāḥ Pariṇatāḥ//
Significance – Mother Lalitha’s divine abode the Sri Chakra is made of nine moola prakritis or basic triangles that symbolize the nine primary causative forces of the universe. It also depicts the four Shiva triangles facing upwards, a bindu, eight-petalled lotus, a lotus of 16 petals with three circles around and three lines, which total 43 in number.
Tvadīyaṃ Saundaryaṃ Tuhinagirikanyē Tulayituṃ
Kavīndrāḥ Kalpantē Kathamapi Viriñchiprabhṛtayaḥ /
Yadālōkautsukyādamaralalanā Yānti Manasā
Tapōbhirduṣprāpāmapi Giriśasāyujyapadavīm //
Significance – Even the creator Lord Brahma cannot find a suitable comparison to the Devi’s beauty. The celestial damsels who wish to get her glance, are unable to do so in spite of their absorption into lord Shiva.
Naraṃ Varṣīyāṃsaṃ Nayanavirasaṃ Narmasu Jaḍaṃ
Tavāpāṅgālōkē Patitamanudhāvanti Śataśaḥ /
Haṭhāt Truṭyatkāñchyō Vigalitadukūlā Yuvatayaḥ //
Significance – Even a mere glance of the goddess can elevate the senses of every one. The awakening of knowledge also awakens the siddhis that gives a person enlightenment.
Kṣitau Ṣaṭpañchāśad Dvisamadhikapañchāśadudakē
Hutāśē Dvāṣaṣṭiśchaturadhikapañchāśadanilē /
Divi Dviṣṣaṭtriṃśanmanasi Cha Chatuṣṣaṣṭiriti Yē
Mayūkhāstēṣāmapyupari Tava Pādāmbujayugam //
Significance – The Devi’s lotus feet that’s in the centre of Sahasrara are far above the 56 rays of Mooladhara chakra which constitutes the essence of earth, 52 rays of Manipooraka which constitutes the essence of water element, 62 rays of Swadhishtana chakra which is the essence of fire element, 54 rays of Anahata, which is the essence of air element, 72 rays of Vishudhi that is the essence of element sky and 64 rays of Agya chakra, which symbolizes the mind. This totals 360 which refers to the days of the year. This means that the goddess’ abode is above the magnificence of Surya, Chandra or Agni Kanda.
Sakṛnna Tvā Natvā Kathamiva Satāṃ Sannnidadhatē
Madhu-Kṣīra-Drākṣā-Madhurima-Dhurīṇāḥ Phaṇitayaḥ //
Significance – This prayer refers to the methods of worshipping the goddess for achieving material wealth, power, especially Vaksiddhi. Devi is compared to Sharad Ritu Chandra, a post monsoon season when the weather is very pleasant and the moon glows with all its 16 kalas.
Bhajantē Yē Santaḥ KatichidaruṇāmēvaBhavatīm /
GabhīrābhirVāgbhirvidadhati Satāṃ Rañjanamamī //
Significance – Those who mediate upon the goddess in her form as the color of sun at dawn are capable of composing excellent literature. They are compared to Goddess Saraswati, the goddess of learning and wisdom.
VaśinyādyābhisTvāṃ Saha Janani Sañchintayati Yaḥ /
Sa Kartā Kāvyānāṃ Bhavati Mahatāṃ BhaṅgiRuchibhiḥ
Significance – A person who meditates on the Devi who is surrounded by eight Vak Devis attain the competence to compose splendid poetic works like writing hymns, epics, etc. This makes Goddess Saraswati more luminous.
Divaṃ SarvāMurvīMaruṇimani Magnāṃ Smarati Yaḥ /
Sahōrvaśyā Vaśyāḥ Kati Kati Na Gīrvāṇagaṇikāḥ //
Significance – The person who worships the goddess through this verse get youthful and attractive looks that influences people towards him. It also grants the sadhaka vibrating energies called Tejas just like the goddess who is red in color.
Energized Yantra: For the second of the series of Soundarya Lahari Homam Vedicfolks will energize a highly potential yantra of Verse 10. It invokes the supreme mother who is the Prana or the life energy force that enters the body through Mooladhara chakra to raise up, activates the chakras of the body and purifies the body system. This invocation also rejuvenates and gives a new lease of life to the devotee. It cures water-related diseases like hepatitis, cholera, dysentery, etc. It also enhances the chest region for women and enables proper menstrual cycle.
Soundarya Lahari is no mere devotional text. It has a rich tantric symbolism as each and every verse is associated with a yantra and mantra. While invoking the divine goddess on the mandalas or geometric patterns of a yantra, our knowledgeable Vedic scholars deliver the mantras with great acumen. The divine energy is invoked on the yantra which offers great benefits to the devotee according to the wish that needs to be fulfilled. It’s just like prana prathishta (establishing life breadth) that’s performed in temples when a new idol is placed in the sanctum. It’s a process of infusing life force into matter—a kind of awakening to enable the divine cosmic energy to answer your prayers, to mitigate suffering, heal your ailments and grant boons.
In the second of the 12 Vedicfolks Series of Soundarya Lahari Homam, verses from 10 to 18 will be chanted along with Yantra worship. It will be performed on Phalguna Shukla Durgashtami which is auspicious for worship of Goddess Shakti and her forms.
Soundarya Lahari Homam is special as it installs the power of the Mother in the yantras and mandalas. The mantras are so powerful and when recited with devotion and earnest, it reaches the benevolent deity whose energies are omnipresent in the universe. In the second of the series of Soundarya Lahari homam, Vedicfolks aims to chant mantras from 10 to 18, of the 103 verses, on the day of Durgashtami which is auspicious for Devi worship. The day helps to liberate the devotee from sins and bad karma.
Vedicfolks Signature Ritual Soundarya Lahari Homam- 2 keeps off bad energies that cause suffering in your life, it also cures health disorders like depression, anemia and water-related diseases.
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For the second of the 12 series of Soundarya Lahari, receive the auspicious yantra for verse 10. The divine fluid of the Sahasrara chakra drenches the 72,000 nerves in the body with the flood of nectar reaching down and gushing from Devi’s feet. Kundalini that denotes the goddess returns to her abode the Muladhara chakra and attains the shape of a serpent coiled three and a half times. The three coils represent AUM or Om, the half-circle denotes the dot known as bindu. The yantra 10 is a very auspicious one as it’s believed to confer the devotees with varied benefits. A person who meditates upon this yantra is bestowed with Prana Shakti or electromagnetic force that has the power to attract. A puja to this yantra cures watery diseases, ensures proper period cycle, cures health conditions such as depression, lack of energy and anemia.
The yantra for verse 10 is a beautiful star shaped mandala having six corners with tridents 0r ‘trishul’. There are single syllable mantras of the goddess interspersed in between adding more power to the copper yantra. Place this energized powerful yantra in your clean puja space. Apply turmeric and kumkum to the yantra and worship it every day. The yantra worship helps to solve psychological disorders like depression, insomnia, lack of energy and anemia. It rejuvenates the body and gives new life to it.