Monday, March 9, 2009
ஸ்ரீ ராஜா ராஜேஸ்வரி
Sri Raja Rajeshwari is the Presiding deity in the Sri Chakra.she is the mother of love and grace. All sentient and insentient being are linked to, and dependent upon her power for their existence.
She is the personification of the Divine desire to create the universe and also the Divine desire to merge the creation back into the ultimate Bhraman (God the father).
This two fold desire is the basis of love, the vivifying bond that ties the Creator and the created. She controls our minds and sensory organs and holds the key to transcendental knowledge. She resides on the top of the head (Sahasrara) , and also in the second chakra (Swadisthana). She is has four hands and three eyes. She wields in her four hands the noose, the goad , sugar cane bow, and five flowered arrows. Her three eyes are Sun, Moon and fire representing the three triads in creation. Her crown is decorated with the crescent moon the symbol of divine delight. The noose represents strong determination and love by which She binds the whole creation. The goad is the symbol of the power of knowledge, it is the wrath of fiery emotions by which the whole creation is spurred into activity. The sugar cane stem depicts the mind principle of man. The five flowered arrows are the five tanmatras ,sound, touch, form, taste and smell the source of the five elements.
She is has three forms, the gross physical form (sthula sharira), subtle astral form, (sukshma sharira) and the causal archetypal form of the macrocosm and microcosmic creation. When She is meditated upon, this ultimate energy, in the first and second chakra (Muladhara and Swadhisthana) the sadhaka (spiritual aspirant) is performing internal fire sacrifice. She emerges out of the lotus chakras as Kundalini the supreme power elevating the sadhaka.
The graceful Mother removes evil and develops goodness within all of us. She is the power of Bhraman; pure consciousness embodied. She is the bliss of "Sat - Chit - Ananda" existence, knowledge and bliss.One famous temple where she resides is in nanganallur ,
chennai,south india.Mostly seen seated together with lakshmi and saraswathy or either she is seen on a throne where sadhashiva is her mattress,bramha,vishnu,eshwaran and rudran are her throne’s legs,saraswathy and lakshmi are her servants fanning her with the ven chamara.
In this form she is also known as BALA , THIRIPURA SUNDARI , LALITHAMBHIKA or PARASHAKTHI as it’s the divine mother’s most supreme form.
Even when reveared as the universal mother,she is alway decipted as a little girl or a young virgin.Why is she shown seated on sada shiva? Well it is to show that shiva and shakthi are inseperable and only in their unison that that the universe functions.They are one.they say that shiva is like the body and shakthi is the internal energy within him which makes him function.
as Aadhi shankara sings in SOUNDARYA LAHARI (waves of beauty~a hymm containing 100 stanzas singing in praise of the divine mother.)
sanskrit:Shivah shakthya yukto yadi bhavati shaktah prabhavitum
Na chedevam devo na khalu kusalah spanditumapi;
Atas tvam aradhyam Hari-Hara-Virinchadibhir api
Pranantum stotum vaa katham akrta-punyah prabhavati
Translation:Lord Shiva, only becomes able.To do creation in this world.along with Shakthi. Without her,Even an inch he cannot move, And so how can, one who does not do good deeds, Or one who does not sing your praise, Become adequate to worship you…Oh goddess mine, Who is worshipped by the trinity.
Shakthi is the life within shiva thats why the base ( yoni ) of a shiva linga is considered to be shakthi and the top ( linga ) is considered to be shiva.Shakthi is the pheeta shakthi which holds shiva. In this case shiva acts as the mattress over the throne of Sri BalaThiripura Sundari and becomes the pheeta shakthi for devi.The bottom line is,shiva and shakthi are inseperable,like our body and soul…
Tuesdays, fridays, pournami thithi, vasantha navarathri and sharadha navarathri (sep/oct ) are very auspicious for this devi’s worship.One who recites sri lalitha sahasranamam,lalitha trisathi,soundarya lahari,raja rajeshwari astakam,lalitha navarathna malai and pleases her and is granted with all of their desires and requests.the worship of mother in known as shaktham...
one of the six sectors of hinduisim founded by shree adi shankara bhagavatpada....
the rest of the five sectors are known as shaivam (the worship of lord shiva),vaishavam (the worship of lord vishnu), kaumaram (the worship of lord skandha),sauram (the worship of lord surya) and ganapathyam ( the worship of lord vinayaga)....the divine mother's way of worship,rituals is known as Sri Vidya and her followers within it are known as Sri Vidya upasakars...(we will be touching on this topic real soon)
Let us worship the divine mother sri raja rajeshwari
who is our only refuge in this age of kaliyuga to deliver us from the material world’s suffering
and give us eternal happiness, peace and guide us towards the path to reach the parabramh
Om Aim Hreem Sreem Sri Mathre Namaha!