Culture, Religion, Spirituality

AN OVERLOOKED PERSPECTIVE ON SABARIMALA

This is a guest post by Shri Rohit Arya and has been reproduced here with his permission. This is a very important and timely one. Important because it outlines in clear terms why there is an age-restriction on the entry of women at Sabarimala. Timely because we are now in “Sabarimala season” and the deracinated SBNR, Cryptos and Feminazis are sure to mount an attack now. I have added an introduction to the post explaining the significance of the HariHara Putra Rupa and a few aspects of the Sabarimala pilgrimage:

INTRODUCTION:
Ayyappan or Sastha or HariHara Putran is a unique aspect, a singularly special Roopa, born out of the union of the beguiling and bewitching form of of “Vishnu-Maya” Mohini and “Hara” the attractive and captivating form of Shiva. This rupam was also created at a time when the Vaishnavas and the Saivas were at loggerheads and indulging in internecine quarrels. HariHara putran came into the world to show that Hari and Hara are one and the same – forms of the one Brahman that has invaded and pervaded all sentient and insentient forms and beings.

The Rupam was also created to perform a specific function. After the death of Mahishasura at the hands of Devi Durga, his sister Mahishi performed severe Tapas and received a Varam (boon) from Brahma that she could not be killed by either Shiva or Vishnu. It was to destroy this Mahishi that Shiva and Vishnu decided to come together in the form of Sastha, Ayyappan – if they could not vanquish Mahishi singly they would do it together. This child thus created was found by Rajashekara of Pandalam in Kerala and was named Manikantan. When Manikantan was 12 years old he killed Mahishi, revealed his true identity to his father and disappeared after telling his father to construct a temple at the place where his arrow would land. The arrow that Manikantan shot landed on the summit of Sabarimala and it was here that the temple was built by none other than Vishwakarma and the image of Ayyappan was prepared and installed by the great Parasurama himself.

The word Sastha itself means “Control” in fact “Supreme control” and also one who controls the entire world. He rides the white elephant called “Yogi” which was uncontrollable at one time but became submissive under Ayyappan. In Sabarimala the Sastha is permanently absorbed and functioning for the sole purpose of protecting the great Hindu Dharma – hence he is the Dharma-Sastha. 

  1. The pilgrimage to sabarimala is unique preceded by a Vratham of 41 days or 1 Mandalam – 30 days starting from the full-moon day and ending at the next full-moon + 11 days leading up to the Ekadashi day.

  2. The Woman (Prakriti) is not available to the Man (Purusha) for these 41 days.

  3. One day of the Vratha is equal to 1 week of pregnancy and is a supreme homage to the motherhood, when the man each year repays his debt to the woman by living a life of great control and austerity.

  4. The dress code is black signifying the absorption of all external actions of the senses, absorption of the spectrum of colours and nullifying all differentiation

Please read below now as to why there is an age-restriction for entry of women into Sabarimala. A post written by Shri Rohit Arya.


I need to say this, because as yet nobody is saying it and it is in many ways the most important issue in the entire fake uproar over Sabarimala and the restriction of women’s entry. It needs to be absolutely clear that this nothing but a Breaking India initiative, one of the vital wounds they seek to deliver to Hindu society. There have been many arguments about why such restrictions exist, jungles, dangerous travel, tigers, shaucha, and more unthinking bullshit about menstruation than you could believe. But the core spiritual reason why such a restriction exists in this Ayappa temple alone, nobody is articulating it. In all other Ayyappa temples everybody is free to visit ,not only gender there is simply no restriction on religion or identity. But in Sabarimala the rules have to do with the nature of the deva in residence.

Simply put he is a Swami, a renunciate who is sworn to celibacy. He is perhaps the only sanyasi deva we have. Look at the Vigraham/ murti of Ayyappa. He sits with a meditation band as is common in Southern Yoga but his ankles are positioned in a manner that does bandhanam or locks both Mooladhara and Svadhisthana chakras.

I do not expect the deracinated culturally illiterate Hindus of today to look at a murti and figure out the nature and svabhava of the devata and what spiritual process were appropriate in his aradhana but it was common knowledge at one time. One look was enough.

Even if I knew nothing about Ayappa and was not a Malayalee I could look at the vigraham and say this is deva who needs your discipline and self control as a vital part of his sadhana. Roopams communicate teachings as to what will work or not. So the forty day vratam, you can understand why. Nothing else will do for this deva.

Now in India it is very common even today for Swamis to avoid all contact with women. The Swami Narains are one example and while the Dashanamis are a bit relaxed about that rule today I also know many many examples of them who will never speak directly to a woman. Dayananda Saraswati who founded the Arya Samaj is a great favorite of the ‘reformer’ bullshitters but he used to speak to women only from behind a curtain. The famous Hindu monastery In Hawaii is perhaps one of the most hardcore in existence today and the Swamis there are no different.

Even the Christian tradition had such rules for the monks in the days they had some spiritual shakti instead of being a conversion machine as it today. There is a monastery in Greece where no woman has set foot inside for nearly a thousand years. So this is an ancient spiritual tradition.

Ayyappa in Sabarimala is actually more relaxed about this he merely does not give darshan to women in the age frame when they get periods. There is an occult reason to that which makes perfect sense to yogis but the spurious logic of the Din I ILahi Hindus who make up the change agents will not comprehend any of it.

So the issue here is stark. The Breaking India forces, the secular adharmis, the Asura Prakriti wallahs, useful idiots like that loudmouthed moron Arnab, or despicable types like Trupti Desai, the entire Leftist cabal of Luytens media and Din I ILahis Hindus they are appropriating the right to dictate to Hindus the nature of the devata in the temple and what the rules of the temple ought to be.

Once again so that it is clear – those who have no skin in the game, no shraddha, those who are crypto converts are DICTATING TO HINDUS WHAT THEIR DEVATAS SHOULD BE. And we Hindus, we are bending over for this impertinence.

There is only one temple where Dharma Shastha as Ayyapa is known has been consecrated as a Swami. Leave it alone bloody fools.

Forcibly altering the rules of the kshetram will destroy the shakti of the sacred space – and it will bring about repercussions which are incalculable. But that is the idea – to destroy Hinduism one small piece at a time. The women of Kerala have launched a Ready to Wait response to the Asuric Right to Prey initiative but that is not enough. Hindus have conceded too much to the State apparatus. The organs of governance cannot dictate the parameters of spiritual life.

Such kshetrams were set up by great Rishis. In the case of Ayyapa by Parashurama himself. Kerala is not God’s Own Country, it is Parasurama Kshetram which is an entirely different thing from the conversion agenda phrase that is GOC. What will happen when the duffers of today set themselves up against Parashurama is something I would really like to see. I am cruel enough to wish that.

The line in the sand needs to be drawn now. This far and no further. Hindus cannot allow their enemies to define their religion – which is what is happening now.
The Asura Prakriti claims authority to define authenticity and certify validity of the Sanathana Dharma. No more.

Hum Mandir Wahi Banayenge!
Harihara suthan ayyan ayyappa Swamiyeeee Sharanam Ayyappa
and as always…Sarvam Shivamayam!


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Culture, Religion, Spirituality

Varalakshmi and Varalakshmi Vratha

When the Sun is in Kataka (Cancer in the Zodiac), in the month of Shravana, on the Friday of Shukla Paksha (Bright fortnight) the Varalakshmi or VaraMahalakshmi vratha is performed.

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Lakshmi and Varalakshmi: Lakshmi is the goddess of not just fortune. She is श्री, “Shri” “Sri” or “Siri” the consort of Vishnu and source of his power and preservative function. She is the repository of all virtue, excellence, dignity, intellect, beauty, grace, splendour, prosperity, majesty, royalty, and wealth.

Lakshmi is described and depicted as enchantingly beautiful, sitting or standing on a lotus and holding two lotuses, one in each hand. Her other two hands are usually in “Abhaya-Hastha” and “Varada-Hastha” poses. The Abhaya-Hastha pose, where the palm of the right hand is seen with the fingers pointing upwards represents “protection” and the Varada-Hastha pose, where the palm of the Left hand is seen with the fingers pointing downwards represents “boon-conferring”

Her four hands by themselves symbolically signify her divine power to grant the four पुरुषार्थ (Purusharthas) of human life – Dharma, Artha, Kama, and Moksha.

The different hues in which she is depicted are also deeply symbolic. If her complexion is dark then she is Vishnu’s consort, when she is golden-yellow, she is the supreme source of all wealth, prosperity, and happiness, when she is white and pristine, she is prakriti the all pervasive nature herself – that prakriti from which springs the universe with its animate and inanimate beings. When she is rose-coloured or peach in complexion she is the compassionate mother of the Universe.

She is also the “power of multiplicity” depicted as the one supreme goddess manifesting in different forms with eight of these aspects being most popular and depicted in popular iconography:

  1. Aadi-Lakshmi (The Primeval Goddess) or Maha Lakshmi (The Great Goddess)
  2. Dhana-Lakshmi or Aishwarya Lakshmi (The Goddess of Prosperity and Wealth)
  3. Dhaanya-Lakshmi (Goddess of Food Grains)
  4. Gaja-Lakshmi (The Goddess flanked by two elephants; the provider of “cattle wealth”)
  5. Santana-Lakshmi (The Goddess of Progeny)
  6. Veera-Lakshmi or Dhairya Lakshmi (The Goddess of Valor and Courage)
  7. Vidya-Lakshmi (The Goddess of Knowledge)
  8. Vijaya-Lakshmi or Jaya Lakshmi (The Goddess of Victory)

Varalakshmi specifically is the compassionate, wish-fulfilling mother of the universe. Two of her hands hold a lotus each and her other two hands are in the “Abhaya-Hastha” and “Varada-Hastha” poses.

Varalakshmi Vratha: There are several stories that talk about the origins, the significance and importance of the Varalakshmi Vratha:

Story-1: Shyama Bala was the beautiful daughter of King Bhadrashravas and his wife Surachandrika. Shyama Bala was married to emperor Maladhara. Once Goddess Lakshmi visited Shyama Bala’s mother Surachandrika in the guise of a poor old woman and tried to explain the procedure and importance of the Varalakshmi vratha. Surachandrika insulted Lakshmi (who was in the guise of an old woman) and Lakshmi walked away and with her so did all the riches of the household of Surachandrika and Bhadrashravas.

Lakshmi then went to Surachandrika’s daughter Shyama Bala’s house who received Lakshmi (in the guise of an old woman) with great regard and heard from her with devotion the methodology and significance of the Vratha and derived the benefits of the Vratha. When she learnt of the poverty stricken state of her parents, she sent them a pot of gold but even that did nothing to alleviate her parents poverty – It is perhaps (my conjecture) this that has given birth to the practice of invoking the goddess in a “Kalasha” or pot. Finally Surachandrika accepted her mistake and started the annual Varalakshmi vratha and regained her lost prosperity and happiness.

Story-2: Once Lord Shiva and Parvati were playing a game of dice. When the last dice was thrown, Pravati claimed victory. Shiva disputed her claim and asked Chitranemi one of the “Shiva-Ganas” to be the arbiter. Chitranemi was partial to Shiva and therefore declared Shiva the winner although in reality Parvati had won. An infuriated Parvati cursed Chitranemi declaring that he would lose his place amongst the Shiva-Ganas and live a lifetime as a leper. Shiva, interceded on Chitranemi’s behalf and requested that Parvati forgive Chitranemi as this was the first time he had uttered a lie and that too on Shiva’s behalf. Parvati relented and told Chitranemi that he would be released from the curse the day he witnessed the “divine damsels” observing the Varalakshmi vratha. Chitranemi suffered from leprosy for long. He started living on the banks of the Tungabhadra, waiting for the day of his liberation. One day he saw a few divine damsels come to the banks of the Tungabhadra and asked them who they were and when he learnt that they were “divine damsels” who had come to the Tungabhadra to observe the Varalakshmi vratha. Chitranemi requested that he be allowed to watch the Vratha. As prophesied by Parvathi, Chitranemi was cured of his leprosy.

The Vratha: When the Sun is in Kataka (Cancer in the Zodiac), in the month of Shravana, on the Friday of Shukla Paksha (Bright fortnight) the Varalakshmi or VaraMahalakshmi vratha is performed. The goddess is invoked typically in a Kalasha or pot (silver, copper, brass). A mango leaf-bunch is placed around the mouth of the pot and a coconut smeared with turmeric is inserted into the mouth of the pot. Over this an icon/image of the goddess made of silver is placed. This is followed by the Shodasha-upachara (16 steps) and Ashtottara-shatanamavali (108 names) puja. There are several videos and books that detail the puja procedure.


  1. http://www.hindudevotionalblog.com/2012/07/goddess-varamahalakshmi-pictures.html
  2. https://www.thoughtco.com/forms-of-lakshmi-1770371
  3. Hindu Gods and Godesses; Swami Harshananda; Ramakrishna Math, Mylapore, Chennai
  4. Sampradaya Vratha Puja Vidhi; A.R. Parthasarathi, Dr. Kethu Ramachandrashekar; GIRI Trading Agency Private Limited.

 

 

Religion, Spirituality

Krishna and his 16,000 wives! (2)

I am going to take up random topics from Krishna’s life (as detailed in the Srimad Bhagavata) and not follow any specific chronological order. Today’s topic discusses the controversy with regard to Krishna’s alleged dalliance with women and him having married 16,000 women at one time:

This particular incident is tied-in with the liberation of Narakasura (I use the word liberation as opposed to killing deliberately) and the 16,000 damsels he had allegedly kept caged in his capital city of Pragjyotisha. In the Srimad Bhagavata, this story occurs in the 10th “Skandha” / Chapter-59 in the form of a story that Sage Suka tells Raja Parikshit. This day is also the day when Deepavali is celebrated in parts of South India (Naraka Chaturdashi)

I make an interpretative re-rendering of the story in order that the true purport and the allegorical significance is clarified:

I had mentioned in an earlier post (Click-here) that the word Asura is an allegorical reference to the “dark forces” within each one of us. Now if you look at the name Narakasura, one can conclude that here was a person who was going through a “living hell” with the dark forces holding sway over his mind and intellect although he lived in the “city of light” (Pragjyotisha)! On top of this not only was Narakasura living in a literal hell of his own making but he also had 16,000 thoughts threatening to break out of the cages in his brain – the reference to the 16,000 damsels is actually a reference to the thoughts running amok in his brain (damsel in distress?).

In the same post referred to above (Click-here), I had said that Vishnu is actually the Atman/soul, the indwelling reality within each person. In this particular story Krishna goes into the fight with Narakasura traveling on Garuda (Vishnu’s vahana/vehicle), carrying the bow “Sharang-Dhanva” (a weapon of Vishnu, this word appears in the Vishnu Sahasranama). Therefore Krishna by assuming the form of Vishnu is actually the Atman/soul here – that is the allegorical conclusion one must draw. The story also mentions that he had by his side his wife Satya (Satyabhama) i.e. Truth by his side and with Truth on his side the Atman wages war on the dark forces that have clouded his/her mind.

When the battle is won all the 16,000 thoughts (damsels) subside and dissolve in the Atman and this lights a lamp in the heart of the “Seer” or the realized person…

There is also one other allegory that is relevant here – In the Chakra-philosophy (notional centers of higher consciousness in the body), the Vishuddha Chakra (Throat Chakra), is depicted as a 16-petalled lotus and the flowering of this chakra is believed to purify the person (in a spiritual sense) and open up higher pathways of sensory perceptions and discrimination and help in the flowering of the 1,000-petalled Sahasrara Chakra in the Brain which is the seat of supreme consciousness (Where Shakthi merges with Shiva).

Now, 16 X 1,000 = 16,000 – an allegorical reference again here in this story to purify the Vishuddha and attain the Sahasrara*

The next time someone refers disparagingly to Krishna and his 16,000 wives perhaps we have a few answers… There is another story connected with this claim of 16,000 wives that has to do with Narada but that shall be the subject matter of a separate post.

 

*Attribution: The seed for the idea with regard to Chakra Philosophy comes from Guruji Amritananda Natha Saraswati whose articles appear on: http://www.themotherdivine.com/index.html